2008 How Much Money Where Your Virtual Mouths Are? An Informed Guess Says Maybe $300,000+
posted by October 7 at 12:15 PMon
Having spent a couple of days over the last week collecting information on how much money you Sloggers have given to Obama for the general election, I am ready to make an informed guess at Obama’s total haul from Slog-land.
Here’s the data I’m working with:
Now, of course, the usual huge caveat. All this information was anonymously self-reported via an internet poll—which, you know, makes this information about as reliable as any anonymous internet acquaintance you might have.
But let’s go way out on a limb and assume good faith, good intentions, and high integrity and reliability among all anonymous Slog users. If we do that, we can extrapolate from my poll results and conclude—while acknowledging the huge caveat above—a few things:
• Nearly one third of you anonymous self-reporters have not given any money to Barack Obama.
• Of those who have given, the largest group is those who have given $50 or less.
• At the high end, according to this poll data, Slog readers may have given a total of about $310,906 to Obama for the general election. (And at the low end, about $167,262.)
• The poll shows very clearly why politicians spend so much time with high-dollar donors. The 1 percent of Slog respondents who said that they donated $2,001 - $2,300 for the general have, in total, given Obama far more than the total amount given by the 25 percent of respondents who said that they gave $1 - $50. In other words, even in Slog-land, where you’d think the small-donor effect might be greater, the top 1 percent far outpaces the bottom 25 percent in overall giving.