Majority of Super PAC Money Comes From Just a Few Cities

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Maplight, a nonpartisan research organization that tracks money in politics, analyzed the geographic origin of super PAC contributions in a new report. They found that a disproportionate amount of the donations — totaling $510 million as of Sept. 30, 2012 — comes from just a few American cities.

The city generating the most money? Washington, D.C. — $71.6 million representing 14 percent of all super PAC donations — followed by Las Vegas ($48.6 million, 9.5 percent); New York City ($40.7 million, 7.9 percent); Houston ($36.4 million, 7 percent); and Dallas ($32 million, 6.2 percent) rounding out the top 5 spots.

See a list of the top 10 cities, or click on the map below.

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  • bgat

    I would be curious to see the above map(s) overlaid with population centers e.g. donations per-capita. There seems a loose correlation with population in the above, but not a strong one. Which is an interesting observation, at least to me.

  • Susan Friesen Cameron

    How do these figures reflect money laundered through transfers from one PAC to another?

    For example, the funds supporting California’s Prop 30 have apparently been laundered through at least 3 PACs and 501(c)4s.