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Obama leads in East Bay donations

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, April 20th, 2007 at 4:12 pm in Election 2008.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama outraised all his opponents among East Bay donors in the first major campaign reporting period of the race, overtaking New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Among the Republican candidates, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney significantly outpaced his GOP opponents in the East Bay, helped by friend and former colleague, EBay Chief Executive Meg Whitman.

A Contra Costa Times analysis of federal elections data tallied by PoliticalMoneyLine, a nonpartisan Web site, found that Obama collected $338,778 in the East Bay between Jan. 1 and March 31. The East Bay includes cities in Contra Costa, Alameda and Solano counties.

Clinton garnered $252,720 in the same period, followed by Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, $182,249; New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, $14,850; Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., $5,500; Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., $5,300; and Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, $2,600.

In comparison, Republican Arizona senator John McCain raised $47,755. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani collected $23,210, while Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, and Kansas senator Sam Brownback garnered small amounts.

The Times compiled contributions to all presidential candidates from East Bay residents. Keep in mind that the data is self-reported by the campaigns and the contributors — mistakes and omissions occur.

TOTALS BY CANDIDATE IN CONTRIBUTION ORDER

BARACK OBAMA, DEM — $338,778
HILLARY CLINTON, DEM — $252,720
JOHN EDWARDS, DEM — $182,249
MITT ROMNEY, REP — $134,775
JOHN MCCAIN, REP — $47,755
RUDY GIULIANI, REP — $23,210
BILL RICHARDSON, DEM — $14,850
JOE BIDEN, DEM — $5,500
CHRISTOPHER DODD, DEM — $5,300
DUNCAN HUNTER, REP — $2,850
DENNIS KUCINICH, DEM — $2,600
SAM BROWNBACK, REP — $425
Grand Total — $1,011,012

TOTALS BY CITY IN CONTRIBUTION ORDER

BERKELEY — $230,547
OAKLAND — $161,035
PIEDMONT — $157,450
DANVILLE — $57,310
WALNUT CREEK — $46,935
ORINDA — $45,947
LAFAYETTE — $40,450
ALAMO — $39,250
PLEASANTON — $38,919
MORAGA — $23,950
ALAMEDA — $22,517
LIVERMORE — $14,100
FREMONT — $11,325
CASTRO VALLEY — $10,639
SAN RAMON — $10,150
DUBLIN — $8,400
VACAVILLE — $7,770
EL CERRITO — $7,730
SAN LEANDRO — $7,600
DIABLO — $6,925
MARTINEZ — $6,355
CONCORD — $6,200
KENSINGTON — $6,010
RICHMOND — $5,950
ALBANY — $5,700
HERCULES — $4,850
FAIRFIELD — $3,750
BENICIA — $3,350
CLAYTON — $2,800
EMERYVILLE — $2,750
BRENTWOOD — $2,700
AMERICAN CANYON — $2,500
BLACKHAWK — $2,300
HAYWARD — $1,750
ROSSMOOR — $1,268
VALLEJO — $1,250
PLEASANT HILL — $1,050
ANTIOCH — $1,000
EL SOBRANTE — $530
Grand Total — $1,011,012

NOTE: Updated on April 23, 2007, to include contributions to Dennis Kucinich.

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