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Locally, large donors favor GOP

Monday, October 8, 2012

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

For ZIP codes in the Henry County and Martinsville area, donations from individuals who have given $200 or more for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have totaled five times as much as for President Barack Obama, according to information on the Virginia Public Access Project website.

Donations for both candidates totaled $24,875: $20,900 (about 84 percent) for Romney and $3,975 (about 16 percent) for Obama. Most of the donations were in 2012, but some were in 2011.

People with Martinsville ZIP code 24112 who donated a total of $17,950 to Romney included: Carolyn Martin, donations totaling $5,000; Donald C. Martin, donations totaling $5,000; Dudley Walker, $2,500; Elizabeth Walker, $2,500; John F. Edelen Jr., donations totaling $1,700; Charles Sechrist, $500; Dr. George Andrew Gehrken Jr., $250; Dovie Lawrence, $250; and J. Randolph Smith Jr., $250.

In ZIP code 24115, Chris F. Mohr of Martinsville donated $1,000 to Romney.

In ZIP code 24055 (Bassett), there were $1,750 in donations for Romney. Contributors included: Butch H. Hamlet, donations totaling $1,000; Roxann Dillon, $500; and Walter Glenn Light, $250.

In ZIP code 24148, John Souther of Ridgeway donated $250 for Romney.

Donations for Obama in Martinsville ZIP code 24112 totaled $1,875, including: Margaret Sharp, $500; Maureen Norman, $250; Sammy Redd, $250; Vesharn N. Scales, $250; Arthur M. Sleeper, $225; Patricia Featherstun, $200; and Peggy W. Prillaman, $200.

In ZIP code 24114, Fred Smith of Martinsville made donations totaling $1,500 for Obama.

In ZIP code 24078, Argertha Williams of Collinsville donated a total of $600 for Obama.

VPAP indicates that statewide, Romney has received a total of $7,662,982 from individuals who contributed $200 or more and Obama has received $6,545,943. By region, contributions of $200 or more were:

• For Romney: inside the Beltway, $2,456,615; Northern Virginia, $2,670,880; I-95 Corridor, $88,085; Capital Region, $813,320; South Hampton Roads, $394,256; Peninsula, $166,317; Piedmont, $278,624; Shenandoah Valley, $116,795; Roanoke/New River, $246,040; Coalfields/Southwest, $101,675; and Southside, $47,873.

• For Obama: inside the Beltway, $2,434,465; Northern Virginia, $2,207,711; I-95 Corridor, $81,655; Capital Region, $475,847; South Hampton Roads, $233,519; Peninsula, $129,948; Piedmont, $534,790; Shenandoah Valley, $76,743; Roanoke/New River, $121,784; Coalfields/Southwest, $13,122; and Southside, $15,939.

During August, Obama and Romney each raised more than $1.4 million from Virginia individuals in donations of at least $200. Romney had 2,022 donations totaling $1.5 million (average: $759). Obama had 2,952 donations totaling $1.4 million (average: $491). Funds raised by region were:

• Capital region: Obama, $99,342; Romney, $190,422.

• Coalfields/Southwest: Obama, $2,200; Romney, $4,005.

• I-95 Corridor: Obama, $19,869; Romney, $37,111.

• Inside the Beltway: Obama, $575,111; Romney, $384,137.

• Northern Virginia: Obama, $436,124; Romney, $502,876.

• Peninsula: Obama, $39,375; Romney, $60,395.

• Charlottesville area: Obama, $114,103; Romney, $76,284.

• Roanoke/New River: Obama, $30,060; Romney, $48,696.

• Shenandoah Valley: Obama, $21,247; Romney, $36,800.

• South Hampton Roads: Obama, $59,242; Romney, $96,755.

• Southside: Obama, $5,042; Romney, $17,993.

The figures on VPAP’s website used in this story were provided as part of a partnership between VPAP and nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics. VPAP is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that tracks campaign contributions and other matters.

 

 
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