DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. Residents in the Rivertowns have made their voices heard about whom they support as the next president of the United States and they are letting their money do all the talking.
Residents supporting President Barack Obama made nearly 10 times as many donations as residents who support Republican candidate Mitt Romney, according to OpenSecrets.org. Residents in Dobbs Ferry, Hastings and Ardsley made 272 donations to Obamas campaign, while Republicans made 29 donations to Romney's. Overall, Obama raised $188,788 from residents and Romney received $32,000.
Although the Obama supporters outpaced their Republican counterparts in the number of donations and total amount of money donated, Romney supporters were more generous with their donations, with an average of $1,106.90, compared to $694.10 from Obama supporters, the Washington, D.C.-based group reports.
Rivertowns officials followed along with their residents and supported Obama. Ardsley Mayor Peter Porcino donated $200 to Obamas campaign in July, and Hastings Mayor Peter Swiderski donated a total of $680 during July and August, according to the report.
Hastings led the way for the Rivertowns in donations to Obamas campaign with 177 donations totaling $105,581. Obama supporters in Dobbs Ferry made 74 donations totaling $63,205, and supporters in Ardsley made 21 donations totaling $20,002. Romney supporters in Dobbs Ferry made the most donations out of the Rivertowns, 14 totaling $9,900, but Ardsley raised the most money with eight donations totaling $12,200. Hastings residents made seven donations for a total of $10,000 in support of Romney.
Along with sweeping Romney in number of donors and total amount of donations in the Rivertowns, Obama is significantly ahead of Romney nationwide when it comes to donations from women, according to the report. More than 44 percent of Obamas donations nationally came from women, compared to only 29 percent of Romneys donations.
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