(Released July 19, 2009) This analysis of campaign contribution data presents a portrait of what segments of New York State have the greatest influence over legislative actions in Albany through campaign contributions. Our analysis of campaign contributions to Assembly members and Senators from the 2006 and 2008 election cycles from zip codes throughout New York State found enormous disparities in the contributions coming from different zip codes based on geography, race and ethnicity, and economic status. Specifically, in the 2006 to 2008 period, we found that:
• Four out of five dollars of the $72 million flowing into campaign coffers in Albany, or $58 million1, came from zip codes that are majority white2.
• One third of campaign cash came from wealthy zip codes where a large number of households earned over $200,000, even though such zip codes are just 12% of the state’s population3.
• The top ten contributing zip codes were all from New York City and Albany and its suburbs (Latham).
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