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Ka-ching! Washington's big givers to Trump and Clinton

Oct 18, 2016

We don’t know how much Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton raised on her fund-raising visit to Seattle on Friday — her campaign doesn’t have to report its haul to the Federal Election Commission until Oct. 27. (Tickets to see her with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 2,807-seat Paramount Theater ranged from $250 to $27,000.)

But we do know that presidential campaigns often use Seattle as a sort of campaign ATM, a reliable place to extract cash from high-end donors.

Here and nationally, a tiny fraction of the populace gives to campaigns -- only 0.5 percent of voting-age Americans (or 1 out of every 186 possible voters) have given $200 or more to federal candidates in this year of especially heated presidential politics, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. (Contributions below $200 don't have to be reported individually to the Federal Election Commission, so we don't how many people make small donations.)

An even smaller fraction gives the big bucks that drive campaign spending. (One out of 8,200 voting-age Americans has given $10,000 or more this year, according to CRP.)

Here's a look at the privileged few doing the most in Washington state to influence this year's presidential race, as of the afternoon of Oct. 20.

Clinton donors in Washington state giving $5,000 or more

 

Trump donors in Washington state giving $5,000 or more

 

Clarification, 8:30 p.m., 10/20/2016: An earlier version of this story did not include data from the Trump and Clinton victory funds’ Oct. 15 quarterly filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Data reporting by KUOW's Abraham Epton.