Presidential Donations

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

West Virginians are gradually opening their wallets for the 2008 presidential candidates.

That's part of the reason why Democrat Hillary Clinton has scheduled a fundraiser in the Mountain State on Friday, and Republican Rudy Giuliani is planning his own here for next week.

But so far, only about 216 West Virginia households have contributed about $243-thousand to White House hopefuls, or about 13 cents per person.

Only two states have given less, Montana and North Dakota.

Those figures do not include any money given to Republican Fred
Thompson, who has yet to declare a White House run.

New Mexico has the highest per-capita contributions, where Governor Bill Richardson is among the Democratic contenders.

That state has seen nearly $2.50 go to candidates for each of its one-point-eight- million residents.

And as far as spending, the presedential candates have only spent $15,000 in the Mountain State.

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