JG Excerpt:Congressman Ryan tries to play it cool with "Wisconsinites" and numbers because according to this report ending Dec. 31, 2009, a solid majority (over 90%) of individual contributions have dated single receipts showing $101 or more. Now, he does report $61,820 in "other," but combined with the itemized individual contributions of $100 or less, it's plain to see where he picks up the vast majority of the $1.5 million reported on hand. It came from mostly PAC's, corporate interests and wealthy individuals from outside of our district.
Those were not all large contributions. Of the 5,571 Wisconsinites who donated to his campaign in 2009, 62 percent gave less than $100, Ryan said.
In July of 2009, I looked at the details of Ryan's campaign numbers and reported this...
Rock Netroots Excerpt: (From July 21, 2009)
Since Ryan is a representative of a district with borders, it's only fair to count only those $100 donations coming from inside his district to get a clear perspective of constituent support. After flipping through the report and checking a map, it turns out approximately $4,625 or 2.7% of the $167,975 were $100 donations from within his district - and that figure included $100 donors from the city of Milwaukee. 97.3% were donations of either more than $100 OR from outside his district.
It would be very safe to assume the percentages haven't changed all that much in seven months. In fact, with his heavy state and national exposure, $100-plus contributions from outside his district have probably grown at a faster rate than from those inside.
Question is, what are these folks buying since he is not their representative in Congress?
Great toon. The GOP keeps screaming, "We can't afford Social Security, Medicare and Health Care" while also screaming "We need more tax cuts and more wars!"
...and the Democrats can't win this fight? -- BartCop