Hillary Clinton raised $806,558 from entertainment industry sources, but Barack Obama was not too far behind with some $661,385, according to recently released figures from the Center for Responsive Politics.
If the figures seem surprisingly low, there’s good reason. After all, Clinton’s fund-raiser at the home of Ron Burkle last month raised $2.6 million. The same holds true for Obama, who raised some $1.3 million at his fund-raiser at the Beverly Hilton in February. But many people there were connected to other, related industries, like attorneys, who are not included in the total. And the Center for Responsive Politics says that it was able to identify occupations for 70% of the itemized donations.
John Edwards raised $310,985, according to the CRP, and he was followed by John McCain with $239,350. Rudy Giuliani raised $105,350.
We’ve been doing some of our own analysis, which shows a much more even split between Giuliani and McCain, but about the same amount for Clinton. I commend to CRP for crunching their numbers so quickly. The full list is here.
Overall, the entertainment industry has given $2.4 million to presidential candidates so far, dwarfed by the $14.6 million that lawyers gave and the $8.6 million that the securities and investment industry gave. Lawyers were far and away the biggest donors of the period.
And it can come as no surprise that the 90210, Beverly Hills area code was the state’s richest pool of donors.