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.

Sheila Anne Feeney