Editor's note: Beginning this week, Citydesk will be regularly tracking campaign war chests, local and national, as we follow donations to the White House, U.S. Congress and the Idaho Statehouse.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s fund-raising efforts in the Gem State are outpacing President Barack Obama’s campaign donations four-to-one, and, in eastern Idaho, as much as 23-to-one.
In eastern Idaho, the disparity is even larger than in the state as a whole. Romney has collected $214,401 in that area compared to Obama’s $9,474.
As of April 30, the former Massachusetts governor's campaign has collected $774,298 from Idaho contributors, compared to only $194,088 donated to Obama’s campaign. To date, not including super PACs, Romney raised more money in Idaho than in 25 states and Washington, D.C.
However, a detailed review of Idahoan's individual contributions reveals that Obama collected approximately
200 more donations than Romney, whose donors gave much larger sums, many donating $2,500, the maximum amount allowed by the Federal Election Commission. Obama’s average donation was just over $100. To date, 267 Idahoans have given the $2,500 maximum to Romney’s campaign. Only 29 Idahoans have done the same for Obama.
Some of Romney’s top Gem State supporters are high-profile names in the state, such as newly appointed Micron CEO Mark Durcan, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Frank VanderSloot, billionaire CEO of Melaleuca, Inc.
Additionally, VanderSloot's company is one of the largest donors to the pro-Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future, contributing more than $1 million.