The Geography of Council Campaign Donations, From Anita to Zukerberg
The conventional wisdom in the ongoing at-large D.C. Council race is that the city is divided by geography. Incumbent Anita Bonds, the thinking goes, can count on strong support east of the Anacostia River, while Matthew Frumin, Elissa Silverman, and Pat Mara are competing for votes west of Rock Creek Park and on Capitol Hill.
A great new tool from the Sunlight Foundation shows that when it comes to campaign contributions, at least, the reality's a little more complicated than that. Here's a map of each candidate's donations in the District.
Bonds' financial support is about as equitably distributed over the entire city as possible—though this may imply that her support is in fact stronger east of the river, since people with the financial resources to make donations tend to be concentrated farther west:
Michael Brown, who dropped out of the race, also had pretty spread-out (if sparse) donations:
Frumin has tried to reach voters across the city with his "Let's Grow Together" mantra, but he's struggled to attract support in the eastern portion of the city—the bulk of his ample financial support comes from his home ward, Ward 3:
Mara, the only Republican in the race, actually hasn't relied on wealthy Ward 3 as much as you might think. His support comes largely from Capitol Hill—where lots of Republican staffers live—Ward 2, and his home ward, Ward 1:
Perry Redd called for a business moratorium in wards 1, 2, and 3 in Monday's Loose Lips debate. Maybe people didn't get the memo, or got it too late: His support is largely in wards 1 and 2:
Silverman hardly has any support east of the river, but she may have the broadest base of contributions in the wards she's counting on: 1, 2, 3, and 6:
Finally, it looks like Paul Zukerberg's message of marijuana decriminalization is resonating most in Adams Morgan and Mount Pleasant: