How Much Have Your Birmingham Neighbors Given to Obama and Romney?
Birmingham residents have donated almost $390,000 to Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, according to an interactive database of campaign contributions from the Federal Election Commission.
This election cycle, Birmingham residents are giving larger contributions to Republican candidate Mitt Romney, but President Barack Obama is getting more contributions from the city.
According to Federal Election Commission records, Birmingham residents have made 165 donations of $1,000 or more to both presidential campaigns. Of those, 142 were checks to Romney, including 85 contributions over $2,400.
Obama received 23 contributions of at least $1,000. In total, Birmingham residents have contributed almost $390,000 to the candidates.
But where Romney is getting more money per contributor, Obama is getting more contributions. Of the 792 campaign contributions reported from Birmingham residents since May 2011, Obama has received 528 donations versus 264 donations to Romney.
All this information and more can be found in an interactive database from Patch so you can see how much your Birmingham neighbors have donated to the various presidential campaign — and to which candidate they’re writing their checks.
We’ve also included records for many communities across southeastern Michigan, so if you want to see who from Rochester or Brighton contributed to campaigns, go right ahead. You can search by candidate, contributor, city, ZIP code and amount contributed.
It's important to note that while a vote for a candidate is secret, a donation to a campaign is public record and open to public scrutiny. Federal election law requires campaigns to regularly report donations and contributors. The information in the database was downloaded from the Federal Election Commission’s website. The data is based on quarterly reports and is current through July. The FEC data will be updated in mid-October. We'll update this database when new information is available.