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Obama Rakes in Donations From Irvington Residents

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – When it comes to campaign donations for the 2012 Presidential Election, Irvington residents are giving significantly more money to Democrats than Republicans.

President Barack Obama has raised $5,773 more than all current and past Republican candidates combined as of April 15 with a total of $38,515, according to OpenSecrets.org , a project of the Center for Responsive Politics. The research group, based in Washington, D.C., is tracking money in U.S. politics.

Obama also leads the pack in number of donors with 35. Republican candidate Mitt Romney has the second largest number of donations and donors, with 18 residents giving $31,000.

Donations to national Democratic political action committees also outpaced their Republican counterparts.

The largest donations were given to the Democratic National Committee Services Corp, which has collected $75,650 so far. Major donors to that committee include Henry and Barbara Cohen, who each donated $30,800.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee received a combined $8,930 from Irvington residents. Republican Senate and Congressional political action committees received only $1,550.

An individual is permitted to give $2,500 to a candidate for the primary season and another $2,500 for the general election. There is no limit on the amount of money an individual or group can donate to a political action committee.

Here is a list of the top 10 recipients of campaign donations from Irvington residents during the 2012 presidential election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics:

• President Barack Obama (D) has received $38,515.

• Mitt Romney (R) has received $31,000.

• Rick Santorum (R) has received $500.

• Herman Cain (R) has received $500.

• Michele Bachmann (R) has received $500.

• Ron Paul (R) has received $242.

Santorum, Cain and Bachmann are no longer running for the Republican nomination for president.

The Center for Responsive Politics is a nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit organization aimed at creating a more educated voter and a more transparent and responsive government, according to the group’s website. Open Secrets was launched after the 1996 presidential election to help spread the organization’s mission.

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