"As long as donors are more important
than voters in determining who gets elected in this country,
then African Americans are prevented from fully participating
in benefits of our democracy. Welcome to the new poll tax: If
you can't afford to contribute large sums to a politician, then
you voice and your interests are muted."
-Hilary O. Shelton, Director, Washington Bureau,
Campaign finance data include all contributions from individuals
of more than $200 to federal candidates, political action committees
(PACs) and political parties, totaled by the zip code listed
by the donor. Percentages to parties are based on individual contributions to
candidates and party committees; however, they exclude contributions to
Political Action Committees (PACs), which do not have a party
affiliation. The data were provided by the Center for Responsive
Politics (www.opensecrets.org), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization
dedicated to analyzing campaign finance data from the Federal
Election Commission (FEC).
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finance data, please click
U.S. 2000 Census data were provided by the Lewis Mumford Center
at the University of Albany (http://mumford1.dyndns.org/cen2000/report.html).
The categorization of the population into racial and ethnic categories
is rife with complexities. Increasingly Americans identify as
more than one race and/or ethnicity. The American Hispanic population
is incredibly diverse, representing a wide variety of national
backgrounds and cultures.
here to learn more about the Lewis
Mumford Centerâ€™s methodology in analyzing census
data by race and ethnicity.