Top Ten Zip Codes for Political Campaign Contributions
The most famous zip code in the country—Beverly Hills 90210—is also one of the country’s most lavish in terms of shoveling campaign cash to politicians.
The high-falutin’ zip of 90210 ranked seventh on a list of the top campaign contribution zip codes, coughing up nearly $3 million to political causes in this election cycle, according to a new study by the Center for Responsive Politics.
A list of the Top Ten zip codes for political campaign contributions shows that politicians, PACs and political parties are just like the gangster Willie Sutton, who said he robbed banks because “that’s where the money is.” The politicians are the political equivalent—following the money to the nation’s wealthiest enclaves to rake in big bucks.
What’s surprising about this list, in a year in which Republicans are heavily favored to do well in November, is that it skews heavily toward Democrats. So, although Democrats are trying to paint Republicans as the party of the wealthy, they’re still beating a path to wealthy zip codes at fundraising time.
Taken together, the nation’s top zip codes have contributed more than $19 million to Democrats, but just less than $12 million to Republicans.
Topping the list is the posh Manhattan zip code of 10021, where residents have contributed more than $6 million to political causes, 77 percent of which has gone to Democrats. That’s a zip code that has been billed as one of the most exclusive in the country and whose residents, The New York Times reported a few years ago, once included Michael R. Bloomberg, David Rockefeller, Rupert Murdoch, Ronald Perelman, Spike Lee, Tom Wolfe and Gay Talese.