Garrett Harris 12:36 a.m., June 19
Presidential contributions split along urban and suburban zip codes
Whether it is the $2 million check that Irwin Jacobs wrote to Obama Super-PAC Priorities USA Action on June 11 or the $113,816 worth of donations that UT San Diego owner Doug Manchester gave to outside committees in support Mitt Romney, wealthier San Diegans seem convinced that large, unregulated contributions to outside groups will have an impact on this year's election.
And while much has been written about soft money; what about the hard money given directly to the candidates?
During this election donations to the two presidential campaigns are divided among urban and suburban zip codes, with wealthier areas favoring Mitt Romney and more urban areas in support of Obama.
Campaign finance reports show that residents of San Diego have so far contributed $1,272,057 to Romney and $1,040,218 to the President; a difference of $241,789.
Wealthy residents in the posh community of Rancho Santa Fe were the most giving. Denizens of the 92067 and 92091 zip codes donated a total of $506,020 to presidential candidates. Romney received the vast majority of that cash, nearly 75 percent, or $375,998.
More proof of the urban divide can be seen around Carmel Valley. In zip codes 92127 and 92130, There, Romney raised more than $95,000 than Obama.
On the other hand, residents living closer to the City, in areas such as downtown, Hillcrest, and in Mid-City gave far more to Obama's campaign. Reports show that that in those areas Obama outraised Romney three to one, $238,469 for Obama compared to $68,925 for Romney.
And while the amount of contributions weren't as high as found tony areas of Rancho Santa Fe and Carmel Valley, communities such as San Ysidro, Paradise Hills, and Bay Terraces also favored the President.