Q: Is it true that 70 percent of Tammy Baldwin’s campaign contributions come from outside of Wisconsin? - Allan McDonald, Rio
A: Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin holds a distinct fundraising advantage over the competition, that is true. And yes, most of it comes from outside Wisconsin. But no, Baldwin does not get 70 percent of her money from out of state.
According to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, Baldwin raised $945,606 between January 2009 and August 2010. Of that, 53 percent came from out-of-state donations, or $504,194.
Even if you consider the actual number of donations, Baldwin still falls short of the 70 percent mark. Baldwin received 9,928 donations in total, 57 percent of which came from out-of-state, or 5,704.
Baldwin received more than $683,000 in individual donations, 92 percent of which came in increments of $100 or less. As for organizational donations, Baldwin received a lot of money from the fields of agriculture and medicine.
Baldwin faces small business owner Chad Lee, a Republican, in the general election. Lee has raised $53,663 in the same period, about 90 percent of which came from in-state donations.