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Romney Nabs Top Spot in Easton Campaign Donations

EASTON, Conn. – President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may have each received 10 campaign donations from Easton residents, but when it comes to the amount, Romney’s finances almost double those of the president, according to numbers reported by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Romney has received $17,500 in campaign donations, while Obama has received $9,162 from Easton residents, says OpenSecrets.org , a website run by the center to track the money donated to political candidates. A total of $31,762 has been given to Romney, Obama and five other former and current Republican candidates by Eastonites as of Feb. 13, the website said.

Romney led the pack of Republican candidates. Although she has since dropped out of the race, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachman came in second with $3,800 in donations. She was followed by $550 in contributions to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and a three-way tie among former Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich, Texas Sen. Ron Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has since dropped out, where they each garnered $250 in contributions.

In 2008, Obama received $55,447 from Easton residents during his campaign for presidency, says the site. His GOP challenger, John McCain received $16,850.

Individuals can give a maximum of $2,500 to an individual candidate or candidate committee for each election, the website said. One of the most notable Easton residents who donated was First Selectman Thomas Herrmann, who donated $500 on two occasions to Romney.

The Center for Responsive Politics is a nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit organization aimed at creating a more educated voter  and a more transparent and responsive government. Open Secrets was launched after the 1996 presidential election to help spread the organization’s mission.

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