California as a piggy bank for presidential hopefuls

Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden sits at a table at a Democratic Party fundraising dinner, the Liberty and Justice Celebration, in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. November 1, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Thayer.

Presidential candidates spend big money in California, and they fundraise big bucks too.

Ben Christopher, politics reporter at CalMatters, has mapped every zip code in the state, showing who has given money to whom. 

“The top zip codes in terms of overall contributions, they are 90210, they’re Brentwood, they’re Silicon Valley. It’s not too surprising there,” Christopher says. “But if you’re to look at… which candidates get the most from each zip code, it’s a diverse state. Candidates like Senator Harris or Pete Buttigieg, they do really well in San Francisco or downtown Los Angeles. Whereas if you start going inland, President Trump starts doing really well. Bernie Sanders does really well.”

Our panel looks at how well particular candidates are fundraising and what tactics they’re using; whether there’s a split between people who are getting more money versus who’s polling well.


Ben Christopher - reporter at CalMatters, Josh Barro - Host of Left, Right & Center - @jbarro, Nomiki Konst - political analyst and radio host - @nomikikonst, Gustavo Arellano - LA Times columnist and contributor to Greater LA. - @GustavoArellano

Madeleine Brand

Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski