A look at political donations in Florida.
national political parties for the current campaign cycle. Of some $20 million in donations through the end of October, 35.9% went to Democrats, while 63.9% went to Republicans.
Top 10 Recipients
SENATE CANDIDATESBill Nelson (D)
$8,491,090Katherine Harris (R)
HOUSE CANDIDATESRon Klein (D)
$967,877E. Clay Shaw Jr.
$844,320Gus Bilirakis (R)
$741,153Vern Buchanan (R)
$588,096Tom Feeney (R)
$512,986Connie Mack (R)
$466,984Mark Foley (R)
$442,965Kendrick Meek (D)
Among counties where donors gave at least $150,000 to federal officeholders, Democrats received more than Republicans only in Palm Beach County. Below is a county breakdown of contributions from within the state:
RepublicansAlachua$34,210$59,032Baker$0$6,000Bay$63,061$84,265Bradford$0$1,600Brevard$65,599$242,227Broward$651,985$735,721Calhoun$0$300Charlotte$4,350$68,987Citrus$1,634$41,535Clay$4,775$45,721Collier$161,362$455,912Columbia$1,050$6,045De Soto $3,510$11,294Dixie$4,200$0Duval$292,471$404,737Escambia$7,462$140,653Flagler$2,750$9,375Franklin$2,500$1,030Gadsden$2,960$2,300Gilchrist$260$500Glades$2,500$1,000Gulf$8,530$5,290Hamilton$200$200Hardee$8,049$23,500Hendry$18,310$15,600Hernando$3,195$31,235Highlands$15,610$21,200Hillsborough$558,245$732,287Holmes$0$0Indian River$18,835$196,286Jackson$1,307$5,450Jefferson$3,240$6,700Lafayette$0$500Lake$13,819$230,657Lee$51,589$304,825Leon$145,457$130,055Levy$2,070$32,300Liberty$750$750Madison$1,260$700Manatee$91,164$407,663Marion$15,740$86,764Martin$32,675$220,477Miami-Dade$1,738,860$1,767,072Monroe$75,316$70,813Nassau$22,000$31,396Okaloosa$30,485$107,510Okeechobee$13,310$3,480Orange$360,184$607,667Osceola$13,165$28,245Palm Beach$1,804,098$1,762,225Pasco$7,787$85,610Pinellas$149,388$896,684Polk$31,061$227,497Putnam$3,350$15,675Santa Rosa$40,078$60,153Sarasota$242,231$639,076Seminole$44,920$241,191St. Johns$71,305$152,285St. Lucie$3,275$41,495Sumter$1,800$47,400Suwannee$520$2,133Taylor$260$10,400Union$0$2,000Volusia$66,568$167,637Wakulla$1,770$750Walton$20,790$22,700Washington$500$1,200STATEWIDE$7,239,727$12,894,571
Top donors in Florida include law firms, a restaurant chain, investment groups and developers. The listings reflect donations to federal candidates and parties. The list of contributors doesn't reflect contributions only from the organization itself, but from its PAC, its individual members, owners or employees, and those individuals' immediate families. Totals listed under "top contributors" represent only those dollars raised within Florida and do not necessarily represent the total for the organization nationwide.
American Maritime Officers$467,000Outback Steakhouse$229,450US-Cuba Democracy PAC$176,264The Villages$150,000Greenberg, Traurig$147,070FPL Group$143,000Flo-Sun Inc.$118,750DEG Capital Partners$96,240Maher, Guiley & Maher$77,300National Action Committee$71,500Vistas Healthcare$67,000Energy Foods of America$65,600Group One Capital$58,400Rooney Holdings$58,000Amway/Alticor Inc.$56,600Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson$55,954Njk Holding Corp.$55,500Coale, Cooley$54,800Ladex Corp.$54,000Terra Excavating$54,000
Retired$2,702,469Lawyers/Law Firms$1,742,694Real Estate$1,472,328Health Professionals$772,545Misc. Finance$695,687Misc. Business$502,720Transportation Unions$467,000Securities & Investment$402,379Food & Beverage$393,079 General Contractors$380,180
Note: Totals include contributions from PACs and individuals giving more than $200 to federal candidates or political parties.
Top ZIP Codes
The ZIP codes that are the source of most giving to federal officeholders and parties reflect a heavy concentration of wealth in southeast Florida.
33480 (Palm Beach) $983,99833134 (Miami)$398,00133133 (Miami)$388,12533156 (Miami)$383,73133401 (West Palm Beach)$334,55433143 (Miami)$332,14633496 (Boca Raton)$290,88333131 (Miami)$285,59932789 (Winter Park)$277,63434236 (Sarasota)$257,666
Note: Totals based on contributions of more than $200 from individuals to federal candidates, PACs and political parties. All the numbers here are based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on Oct. 31, 2005.
Source: Center for Responsive Politics.
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