If you haven’t checked it out, cruise on over to inewsource.org and dig into the campaign contributions coming into the 52nd Congressional district matchup. It’s one of the most closely watched in the country because it’s predicted to be a tight race.
Our Joe “Follow the Money” Yerardi crunched the contributions so far from individuals (PACs and other special interest committees to come) and found some interesting trends, which can be seen clearly on the map Joe developed:
- Peters raised 36 percent of his funds from individuals in his old City Council district, while DeMaio raised seven percent from his old district.
- 70 percent of donations from individuals came from high-income ZIP codes.
- 89 percent of all contributions came from individuals giving at least $200.
- 74 percent of all contributions originated inside San Diego County.
This analysis is only through May 14 — and we all know it’s a long, expensive road to November.
The inewsource team is excited to be attending the annual conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors for the next few days. This is one of the most valuable conferences on the planet, and is attended by more than 1,000 journalists eager to learn what’s tried and true, as well as what’s new, particularly in visualizing data and storytelling.
IRE is 39 years old and is dedicated to educating journalists in investigative tools, techniques and practices, and even sources. Lorie, Joe and Brad are proud to be teaching some of the segments.
We all will be sending dispatches back (today, we call them blog posts) to the website, to keep all of you up to date on what we are learning and imparting. And on Saturday, we will receive our national award for investigative reporting.
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