Major findings of the study include:
"¢ Nearly ninety percent of the more than $2 billion contributed by individuals in the two recent federal elections comes from zip codes that are majority non-Hispanic white. In comparison, just 1.8% of campaign funds come from predominantly Latino zip codes, 2.8% from predominantly African American zip codes, and .6% from predominantly Asian Pacific American neighborhoods.
"¢ The top contributing zip code nationwide"”10021, on Manhattan's exclusive Upper East Side"”is the source of $28.4 million for federal campaigns in the 2002 and 2000 elections, and is home to 91,514 people ages 18 and over, 86% of whom are non-Hispanic white. Nearly 40% of the households have incomes of $100,000 or more. This one zip code contributes more campaign cash than:
o the 532 zip codes nationwide with the largest percent of African American residents, representing 7,654,609 people ages 18 and over, 84 times more people than live in 10021;
o the 533 zip codes nationwide with the largest percent of Latino residents, representing 9,355,643 people ages 18 and over, 102 times the number of people writing the zip code "10021" on the return flap of their envelopes;
o the 167 zip codes nationwide with the largest percent of Asian Pacific American residents, representing 3,523,852 people ages 18 and over, 39 times the number of people who call 10021 home.
o The zip code 10021 is also the source of more federal campaign money than is contributed by each of 30 states, with adult population ranging from 4.5 million to 365,000.
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