One of the items opponents of Senator Hatch point to is the % of funds to his campaign that come from out of state. As should be expected, supporters of Senator Hatch cry foul and say that the number is not accurate for a variety of reasons. The number I’ve most often seen is 91% of campaign donations to Senator Hatch come from out of state. I thought I’d do my own research this weekend and find out as best I could what the numbers really are. I’m sharing the results with you. I tried to err on the side of contributions coming from Utah when there was subjectivity involved.
Below are charts & Tables that summarize campaign contribution data I downloaded from from MapLight (a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that seeks to show the impact of money on politics). The data contains all donations for election cycles 2006-2012 as of June 8, 2012.
Individual donors are required to provide addresses to campaigns so it is easy to show the source of funds from a location perspective. Note, there were a few, which represented about 1% of the total, that had no state listed so I assigned them to Utah.
For PACs it is difficult because if a is PAC set up by a company with a national or global presence then it is hard to identify a specific location. If on the other hand it is a PAC that represents an industry or cause then donors can come from anywhere in the US. For the PACs I went through the list and identified the ones that had I determined had a significant presence in Utah (for corporations I look up where they had offices or plants) then multiplied their donations by 2 to cover anything I missed to come up with the percentage donated that are Utah related. Note, I did not take the time to research all 860 of them but I did look for those that I thought would have a Utah presence first. Also, I generalized the industries for the PAC contributions (e.g. Pharmaceuticals, Hospitals, Doctors, and Medical Devices are categorized as Healthcare) and added a pie chart to the sources PAC donations by Industry.
What is my view of the 91% number used by Hatch opponents? It’s probably a little high but it depends on the timeframe contributions are looked at and the criteria used to determine whether PAC money should be considered in state or out of state. As mentioned I tried to err on the side of in-state so my overall number of 83% may be low. If no PAC contributions came from Utah then the overall number would be 88%. 25% were from Utah then the overall number would be 77%. The one number that is accurate to within 1% is the location of individual donors. That percentage is 78% out of state.
The source file (Excel 2007) can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Hatch 2006-2012 Campaign Contributions. By the way you can compare the mix of contributors to Senator Hatch with Representative Chaffetz by looking at the post “Sources of Campaign Donations to Representative Jason Chaffetz’”
|Individuals||$ 1,100,923||$ 3,918,810||$ 5,019,733||55%||22%||78%|
|PACs||$ 416,666||$ 3,656,534||$ 4,073,200||45%||10%||90%|
|Total||$ 1,517,589||$ 7,575,344||$ 9,092,933||100%||17%||83%|
|Grand Total||$ 5,019,733|
|2006-2012 PAC Contributions for Senator Hatch|
|Real Estate||$ 58,000||1.42%|
|Grand Total||$ 4,073,200|