When the last polls close on November 6, the Republicans and the Democrats will have raised between them nearly $2 billion in the race for the White House. To date, Piedmont's contribution to that ocean of money has been around $2 million. In 2008, $3.8 million in contributions to federal races came from the 94611 zip code.
According to Open Secrets, a non-partisan group that tracks money in politics, 88 percent of the top contributions in 2012 from the Piedmont area went to Democrats.
What do you think? Is money corrosive to our political system, or is cash a legitimate form of political speech, deserving of the same protections and freedoms extended to other types of discourse.
Search the Open Secrets database for the names of specific donors.Listed below are the top 10 contributions from 94611 during the 2012 cycle. Contributer Recipient Occupation Amount Date Delaney, M Quinn Ms Planned Parenthood Votes Akonadi Foundation $100,000 9/21/2012 ROGERS, KATHLEEN T MRS Republican National Cmte HOMEMAKER $30,800 4/19/2012 ISAACS, RITA DNC Services Corp HOMEMAKER $30,800 5/5/2011 Sullivan, Eric T DNC Services Corp Investment Banker $30,800 10/4/2012 JORDAN, DOUGLAS DELANEY DNC Services Corp INFORMATION REQUESTED $30,800 12/31/2011 DELANEY, MARY QUINN DNC Services Corp AKONADI FOUNDATION $30,800 4/1/2011 DELANEY, QUINN DNC Services Corp AKONADI FOUNDATION $30,800 1/17/2012 KRAMER, TERRY DNC Services Corp SELF-EMPLOYED $30,800 2/29/2012 JORDAN, SAMUEL DNC Services Corp NONE $30,800 12/28/2011 KRAMER, TERRY DNC Services Corp SELF-EMPLOYED $30,800 4/6/2011 Source: Open Secrets
Listed below are the top 10 recipients of money from 94611 during the 2012 cycle. Recipient Amount Obama, Barack (D) $879,006 DNC Services Corp $573,224 Romney, Mitt (R) $118,875 Planned Parenthood Votes $100,000 Republican National Cmte $96,000 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte $44,457 Feinstein, Dianne (D) $32,500 American Crossroads $30,500 Lee, Barbara (D) $29,250 Northern Californians for Good Govt $24,550 Source: Open Secrets