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Donations, Like Votes, Favor Obama

By Alyssa W. Walden
VCU Multimedia Journalism

If dollars were votes, Virginia still would have swung blue in 2008 for Barack Obama.

Barack Obama received $17,031,854.04 from Virginians alone in the time before the Nov. 4 election. Virginians gave $15,404,295.78 to presidential hopeful John McCain.

According to a recent computer analysis of data from the Federal Elections Commission, Virginians gave $32,436,149.82 to the two candidates in total. If the dollars were votes, Obama would have won Virginia with 52.5 percent to McCain’s 47.5 percent.

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Tough Job Listing Donors’ Occupations

By Alyssa W. Walden
VCU Multimedia Journalism

RICHMOND, Va.–Presidential incumbent Barack Obama’s campaign team may have been more diligent in following campaign finance laws, a recent computer analysis shows.

Based on data from the Federal Elections Commission, more dollars from Obama’s Virginia contributions were properly documented than those received by Republican John McCain.

According to federal campaign finance law, each candidate must make a good faith effort to obtain complete and accurate information on each contributor, including the donor’s occupation.

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