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NYC campaign contributions: Renthop reveals New Yorkers' donations to presidential candidates

It’s Hillary’s town and we just live in it – and donate to her campaign.

A new analysis of campaign contributions in the greater NYC area by the Renthop.com reveals that 7,633 donors have contributed $12.1 million to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign out of $19.5 million donated city wide to all the candidates.

Clinton was trailed in cash by Marco Rubio, who raised $1.3 million from 824 donors and Bernie Sanders, who raised almost as much as Rubio, but in smaller donations from more people: He had 2,995 campaign contributors citywide, compared to Clinton’s 7,633.

How powerful in Clinton in NYC? She has raised more money on the Upper West Side between 59th and 91st Streets than Donald Trump has raised nationwide, according to the website. “She has more unique donors and whole lot, lot more money,” said Lee Lin, CEO of Renthop.com.

The real estate rental portal used Federal Election Commission filings through Feb. 20 based on zip-codes to figure out what candidates raised in what neighborhoods and how many people put their money where their presidential hopes reside.

Clinton pretty much crushed citywide, though in some areas — Prospect Park, Canarsie and Williamsburg, for example — Sanders made powerful showings – in some cases raising less money, but from more donors.

The support for Sanders is probably “massively undercounted,” cautioned Renthop data scientist Shane Leese, as the FEC only requires donations of more than $200 to be reported, and Sanders has made a point of not only soliciting small donations, but boasting that the average contribution to his campaign is $27. In Leese’s own Inwood neighborhood, Clinton raised only $75 more than Sanders – but she had 10 donors while he had 27.

Lin concedes the financial picture – and support – for the candidates is dynamic and ever evolving. The results are data obtained before Feb. 20 “was before Super Tuesday and the last set of debates,” he cautioned.

“Is getting more donors more important than getting as much money as you can? What is a better predictor of success?” asked Lin, whose company designed an interactive map where you can see what – and how many – of your neighbors are giving here: renthop.com

That has yet to be determined: But here are some highlights from the research concerning the remaining candidates in the race and where they did best according to the Renthop data.

Hillary Clinton

Clinton, who has raised more than $21.8 million
Photo Credit: Bloomberg / Andrew Harrer

Clinton, who has raised more than $21.8 million statewide, according to Renthop, had a stunning 532 donors in the Chelsea neighborhood. "I like Hillary a lot," said Sahran Chung-Morrison, 32, a stay at home mom who lives in 10011. She attributes Clinton's popularity in her hood to an affluent gay population, which is willing to contribute cash to prevent a conservative candidate from being elected president.

Hillary Clinton's top three neighborhoods

By donor share:

#1 Battery Park City (10006) - 26 donors, representing 78.79% of donors

#2 Long Island City (11109) 19 donors, representing 73.08% of donors

#3 Chelsea (10011) 532 donors, representing 71.22% of donors

Ranking by zip code contributions:

#1 Chelsea (10011) : $829,435, representing 81.08% of the contributions

#2 UWS Lincoln Square (10023) $826,922, representing 68.39% of contributions

#3 UWS Museum (10024) $809,446, representing 70.99% of contributions

Ted Cruz

Cruz got the most money from Battery Park,
Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Saul Loeb

Cruz got the most money from Battery Park, and "his support in Sheepshead Bay and South Brooklyn was surprising - but he still didn't beat Hillary," there, said Leese.

Ted Cruz's top three neighborhoods

By donor share:

#1 Sheepshead Bay (11229) 11 donors representing 26.19% of all donors

#2 Bull's Head, SI (10134) 9 donors representing 23.68% of all donors

#3 Warwick, Mt. Vernon and Pelham Bay were listed as more significant in donor shares than any zip code in NYC, by Renthop.

Ranking by zip code contributions:

#1 Battery Park (10282) $45,205, representing 35.05% of contributions

#2 Lenox Hill (10065) $42,474, representing 4.29% of contributions

#3 Carnegie Hill (10128) $28,855, representing 2.41% of contributions

Marco Rubio

Rubio is strong in affluent neighborhoods outside the
Photo Credit: Bloomberg / Andrew Harrer

Rubio is strong in affluent neighborhoods outside the city limits and appeals to many younger conservative voters. Even in the neighborhoods where Cruz did best, Rubio collected more money than Cruz.

Marco Rubio's top three neighborhoods

By donor share:

#1 Riverdale (10471) 20 donors, representing 18.52% of donors

#2 Theatre District (10020) 7 donors, representing 17.50% of all donors

#3 Douglaston (11363) 5 donors, representing 16.13% of all donors

Ranking by zip code contributions:

#1 Midtown East (10022) $106,020, representing 10.07% of contributions

#2 UWS Lincoln Square (10023) $101,540, representing 8.4% of contributions

#3 UWS-Museum (10024) $98,608, representing 8.65% of contributions

Bernie Sanders

Renthop acknowledges that support for Sanders is drastically
Photo Credit: TNS / Carolyn Cole

Renthop acknowledges that support for Sanders is drastically undercounted, as his many smaller contributions don't wind up in the FEC data used in its study. Williamsburg, Brooklyn (11211), was among the neighborhoods where Bernie had more donors - 83 to Clinton's 44 - but Hillary still raised more cash.

"Hillary Clinton performs fairly well with people who have higher incomes, but if you want to understand the Bernie phenomenon, just walk around our neighborhood and look at the bumperstickers," which are ubiquitous, said Charles Lenchner, a co-founder of People for Bernie, who lives in Williamsburg.

Bernie Sanders' top three neighborhoods

By donor share:

#1 Ridgewood (11237) 31 donors, representing 75.61% of donors

#2 Sunnyside (11104) 24 donors, representing 75% of donors

#3 Kensington (11218) 64 donors, representing 74.42% of donors

Ranking by zip code contributions:

#1 North UWS (10025) $76,815, representing 13.21% of contributions

#2 UWS Lincoln Square (10023) $61,596, representing 5.09% of contributions

#3 Chelsea (10011) $60,267, representing 5.89% of contributions

Donald Trump

Billionaire developer/impresario Donald Trump has frequently announced he
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Joe Raedle

Billionaire developer/impresario Donald Trump has frequently announced he doesn't need money "which is probably why he's raised so little of it," according to Renthop, which notes that as of last month, "The Donald raised just $208,891 in New York state from 404 unique donors."

Donald Trump's top three neighborhoods

By donor share:

#1 Great Kills (10312) 4 donors, representing 12.12% of donors

#2 New Dorp (10306) 3 donors, representing 9.68% of donors

#3 Flatbush (11210) 2 donors, representing 6.9% of all donors

Ranking by zip code contributions:

#1 Upper East Side (10022) $10,537, representing 0.85% of contributions

#2 Hell's Kitchen (10019) $5,094, representing 0.68% of contributions

#3 Flatbush (11210) $5,000, representing 10.04% of contributions

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