NEWS RELEASE For immediate release: [3 pages] For more information: Friday, July 22 2011 Bill Mahoney 518 817-3738 Campaign Data Provides Preliminary Profile of Cuomo Donors According to disclosures made to the state Board of Elections, 599 unique individuals with New York State addresses made campaign contributions to Governor Cuomo during the 2011 July filing period.1 The names and addresses of 346 (57.8%) of these individuals match those of persons registered to vote. Through an examination of voter registration data, NYPIRG has learned more about the typical donor to Governor Cuomo during this filing period. Partisan Enrollment Although recent polls have shown that the governor has similar popularity ratings among New Yorkers of every political affiliation, it appears that so far Democrats are more willing to donate to his reelection campaign: Partisan Enrollment Number of Donors Pct. of Identified Donors DEM 234 67.63% REP 67 19.36% BLK2 36 10.40% IND 7 2.02% CON 2 0.58% While larger donors are slightly less likely to be enrolled Democrats, partisan affiliation is balanced fairly evenly between donation levels: No. of Size of Donation Party Donors % of donors at this level More than $2,500 DEM 68 64.15% More than $2,500 BLK, CON, REP, IND 38 35.85% Between $1,000 and $2,500 DEM 65 70.65% Between $1,000 and $2,500 BLK, IND, REP 27 29.35% Less than $1,000 DEM 101 68.24% Less than $1,000 BLK, CON, REP, IND 47 31.76% 1 This period represents donations made between January 12 and July 11, 2011. 2 “BLK” represents voters not enrolled in any party. Gender 212 of the identified donors are male; 134 are female. Larger donors are much more likely to be male: % of donors Size of Donation Party No. of Donors at this level More than $2,500 M 81 76.42% More than $2,500 F 25 23.58% Between $1,000 and $2,500 M 55 59.78% Between $1,000 and $2,500 F 37 40.22% Less than $1,000 M 76 51.35% Less than $1,000 F 72 48.65% Voter Turnout 305 of the donors matched on the registration database voted in the 2008 general election; 41 did not. 233 of them voted in the 2006 general election; 113 did not. Of course, this report’s usage of the voter registration database means that these numbers might not be representative of Cuomo’s donors as a whole: it is likely that some of his donors are not registered to vote at all, and were thus not included in the analysis. Of this sample, however, 124 of 346 (35.84%) of these donors missed at least one of these two votes. Age The average age of these donors is slightly over 55 years old (as of July 21, 2011). Older donors tended to give more money. A plurality of donors over the age of 65 gave more than $2,500. The majority of donors younger than 50 gave less than $1,000. % of Donors at Level of Giving Age range # of Donors this Level More than $2,500 Older than 65 32 30.19% More than $2,500 Between 50 and 65 48 45.28% More than $2,500 Younger than 50 26 24.53% Between $1,000 and $2,500 Older than 65 22 23.91% Between $1,000 and $2,500 Between 50 and 65 46 50.00% Between $1,000 and $2,500 Younger than 50 24 26.09% Less than $1,000 Older than 65 26 17.57% Less than $1,000 Between 50 and 65 54 36.49% Less than $1,000 Younger than 50 68 45.95% Notes The 253 donors who are not included in this study are omitted for one of several possibilities: they are not registered to vote; they are registered at a different address than the one which appeared on the check with which they made their donation; or the campaign treasurer incorrectly entered their name or address. The database that was used reflects voter enrollment information in December of 2010. It is possible that some of this information has since changed. Although voters’ party enrollment only officially changes in November, it is possible that the Board of Elections did not update their database between the election and the date which it was sent.
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