Not so for Chris Dodd. Even after reading this account in the Connecticut Post and follow-up from other news outlets, I though it must be a typo or some sort of misunderstanding, but I was wrong. Of his million dollars raised from nearly 400 donors, a mere $4,250 from only 5 individual donors came from Connecticut voters. That is right...only 0.4% of Dodd's cash raised came from the individuals he represents.
Rob Simmons took immediate advantage, sending out this letter to supporters and reportedly getting more in-state individual donation within minutes that Dodd managed to drum up in the first quarter.
So if it didn't come form the people Dodd represents, where did the other 99.6% of his money come from? Let's see.
- $610,000 was from individuals, $440,000 from PACs.
- Eighteen states and the District of Columbia yielded more cash for Dodd than his home state, including approximately $90k from individuals in Massachusetts (maybe Barney Frank is expecting reciprocation from Connecticut donors!).
- $299,000 came from executives and PACs representing banks, financial services companies and real estate brokerages, $48,000 from insurers and the heath care industry, and $62,800 from lobbyists (H/T Mother Jones).
- $44,000 came from pawnshops and other companies that make high-interest loans to those with poor credit (H/T Hartford Courant).
Additional coverage at Hot Air, FoxNews, Heath at CT Local Politics, Ironman at The Next Right, and RadioVice Online.