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Romney Tops Westport Campaign Contributions

WESTPORT, Conn. – In the race to the White House, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has so far received the most financial support from Westport residents, information from the Center for Responsive Politics shows.

As of Feb. 23, the former Massachusetts governor had received 82 donations from Westport residents totaling $135,951, according to OpenSecrets.org , a project of the Center for Responsive Politics. This Washington, D.C.-based research group tracks money in U.S. politics.

To date, 183 donations totaling $231,744 have been made by Westport residents to candidates in the 2012 election. Romney’s total contributions account for nearly 60 percent of that total.

Romney’s biggest Westport contributor, according to the research group, is David C. Friezo of Lydian Asset Management, who has donated $5,000. Other notable contributors include Board of Finance member Tom Lasersohn and Republican Town Committee Vice Chairwoman Karen Hess. Lasersohn has donated a total of $1,500 and Hess a total of $2,500.

Although President Barack Obama has received the second highest number of contributions from Westporters, his total falls more than $70,000 short of Romney’s. To date, Obama has received 75 donations totaling $64,641.

Obama’s top contributor is listed as Anna Czekaj-Farber, a self-employed opera singer who has donated a total of $5,500. Some other notable contributors include blogger Dan Woog, Planning and Zoning Commissioner Ron Corwin and former Board of Finance member Ken Wirfel. Woog has donated $1,250, Corwin $1,000 and Wirfel $500.

Of the other Republicans, Ron Paul has received four donations totaling $3,402; Newt Gingrich, six donations totaling $2,250; and Rick Santorum, two donations totaling $500.

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