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The 1% of the 1% by state

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In the 2012 election 28 percent of all disclosed political contributions came from just 31,385 people. In a nation of 313.85 million, these donors represent the 1% of the 1%, an elite class that increasingly serves as the gatekeepers of public office in the United States.

 


This graphic is part of Sunlight's series on the Political '1% of the 1%' in 2012. The analysis explores an elite group of 31,385 individual political donors. Together, they represent just .01% of the U.S. population, yet this group accounted for 28% of the total funding the in 2012 election.

The table contains data on members of the 1% of the 1%, organized by state. For each column, the colors correspond to the size of the given indicator, with the darkest green referring to the ten states with the largest values, and the lightest green to the ten lowest. Click on a column name to re-sort the table by that column.

State 1% of the 1% Giving Number of Donors Total Population Donors per 10K Residents Download Bulk Data
Alaska $609,395 17 731,449 0.232 Download
Alabama $7,827,004 201 4,822,023 0.417 Download
Arkansas $7,522,265 128 2,949,131 0.434 Download
Arizona $20,971,677 471 6,553,255 0.719 Download
California $239,020,558 4,617 38,041,430 1.214 Download
Colorado $25,978,454 633 5,187,582 1.220 Download
Connecticut $36,732,448 844 3,590,347 2.351 Download
Delaware $1,750,382 57 917,092 0.622 Download
Florida $119,101,053 2,342 19,317,568 1.212 Download
Georgia $24,077,381 497 9,919,945 0.501 Download
Hawaii $2,220,200 81 1,392,313 0.582 Download
Iowa $4,671,897 160 3,074,186 0.520 Download
Idaho $2,533,418 65 1,595,728 0.407 Download
Illinois $86,696,955 1,540 12,875,255 1.196 Download
Indiana $11,044,691 305 6,537,334 0.467 Download
Kansas $5,033,420 164 2,885,905 0.568 Download
Kentucky $10,990,456 292 4,380,415 0.667 Download
Louisiana $15,150,119 328 4,601,893 0.713 Download
Massachusetts $69,939,585 1,300 6,646,144 1.956 Download
Maryland $33,929,796 769 5,884,563 1.307 Download
Maine $4,492,238 87 1,329,192 0.655 Download
Michigan $27,897,181 619 9,883,360 0.626 Download
Minnesota $17,130,339 379 5,379,139 0.705 Download
Missouri $23,203,505 486 6,021,988 0.807 Download
Mississippi $3,575,061 101 2,984,926 0.338 Download
Montana $2,771,047 81 1,005,141 0.806 Download
North Carolina $14,835,645 368 9,752,073 0.377 Download
North Dakota $1,031,224 49 699,628 0.700 Download
Nebraska $5,097,313 130 1,855,525 0.701 Download
New Hampshire $4,352,762 119 1,320,718 0.901 Download
New Jersey $31,989,153 705 8,864,590 0.795 Download
New Mexico $5,863,819 170 2,085,538 0.815 Download
Nevada $115,163,164 372 2,758,931 1.348 Download
New York $210,014,727 3,402 19,570,261 1.738 Download
Ohio $32,625,145 835 11,544,225 0.723 Download
Oklahoma $12,151,992 243 3,814,820 0.637 Download
Oregon $8,406,867 191 3,899,353 0.490 Download
Pennsylvania $40,480,979 1,062 12,763,536 0.832 Download
Rhode Island $2,240,168 65 1,050,292 0.619 Download
South Carolina $5,404,384 163 4,723,723 0.345 Download
South Dakota $1,596,467 50 833,354 0.600 Download
Tennessee $17,273,701 430 6,456,243 0.666 Download
Texas $198,557,463 2,707 26,059,203 1.039 Download
Utah $16,104,716 267 2,855,287 0.935 Download
Virginia $49,388,704 1,353 8,185,867 1.653 Download
Vermont $2,885,315 63 626,011 1.006 Download
Washington $26,384,744 594 6,897,012 0.861 Download
Wisconsin $11,502,733 318 5,726,398 0.555 Download
West Virginia $3,663,817 94 1,855,413 0.507 Download
Wyoming $21,325,523 96 576,412 1.665 Download
District of Columbia $30,982,301 821 632,323 12.984 Download

We have also included data on members of the 1% of the 1% who list residences outside of the US.

Location 1% of the 1% Giving Number of Donors Total Population Donors per 10K Residents Download Bulk Data
No Location Given $306,430 7 NA NA Download
Non US Country $3,156,330 90 NA NA Download
US Territories $2,062,151 57 NA NA Download