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District 11: Where The Money Comes From

I have been watching the Shuler v Taylor race with interest, and have found the following in regards to the geographic sources of donations to the campaigns:


Contributions by Zip Code

Heath Shuler (D) Challenger
28786 (WAYNESVILLE, NC) $26,900
37919 (Knoxville, TN) $23,750
28713 (Bryson City, NC) $19,860
28771 (ROBBINSVILLE, NC) $18,100
37923 (Knoxville, TN) $15,000
37922 (Knoxville, TN) $14,500
37862 (Sevierville, TN) $13,750
32967 (VERO BEACH, FL) $13,400
37912 (Knoxville, TN) $12,300
28803 (Asheville, NC) $11,850

Charles H. Taylor (R) Incumbent
28712 (BREVARD, NC) $23,700
28803 (Asheville, NC) $21,970
28804 (Asheville, NC) $15,693
20003 (Washington, DC) $11,750
28714 (BURNSVILLE, NC) $11,400
28806 (Asheville, NC) $10,450
28801 (Asheville, NC) $10,200
28732 (Fletcher, NC) $10,200
28730 (Fairview, NC) $10,000
28813 (Asheville, NC) $8,600

Top Metro Areas

Heath Shuler (D) Challenger
KNOXVILLE, TN $138,800
JACKSON, TN $11,400

Charles H. Taylor (R) Incumbent
ASHEVILLE, NC $109,308
ATLANTA, GA $8,000

I have found all of the above at the Open Secrets website, a wonderful resource for those interested in digging deeper than The Asheville Waste of Times or the intrepid team of investigative reporters over at WLOST.


Nice Data:

But what conclusions can you reasonably draw....That Taylor is favored by rich folks in Asheville?

The primary conclusion I draw is people outside the district, for whatever reason, wish to see the 23rd most powerful member of the U.S. House lose the election.

In my opinion, anyone who can afford to contribute more than $500.oo to a candidate is rich.
Anyone who sends $500.00 or more to muliple candidates, some of them outside their home state, are either obscenely rich, or funneling money.
Shuler's donors
Taylor's Donors

I don't think anyone reads this crap --- 'cept those of us who have nothing better to do.
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Being as wealthy as he is, how much does Taylor actually rely on fundraising to run his campaign?

I don't believe you actually followed the links and looked at the Federal Elections Commission data.
When a candidate uses their own money in a campaign, they invoke rules that allow the other candidate to raise more money.
Screwy Hoolie has an article on this subject, albeit from the left side of the aisle.
Both these guys are millionaires sevferal times over, and possess the cash to reach the FEC limits.

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