money

March 11th, 2013, 3:38 pm
Posted by MARTIN WISCKOL

Orange County is known as an ATM for political fundraisers – Mitt Romney came for the dough four times in 2012 – but the sums brought in by the county’s own Congress members are relatively middling.

That’s particularly true when you consider that the county has the 64th highest median household income – $72,300 in 2011 – placing it in the nation’s top 3 percent. The national median income is $52,800.

The county’s seven representatives brought in $10.95 million in the last election cycle – an average of $1.56 million each over the two-year period, or $2,143 per member per day.

The average member of Congress raised $1.69 million in the last cycle, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan group Maplight, which studies the influence of money in politics. Only two county representatives topped that.

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