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On the Records: Per-Capita Money Maps

The governor's race candidates fill their campaign coffers disproportionately from some rural areas, according to a per-capita calculation. Each Dallas resident gave $1 to the race in 2009, for example, while those in Blanco donated $57.

Per-capita contributions to gubernatorial candidates in 2009.

A few people suggested this week that we map per-capita contributions in the governor's race, rather than the percentage of each candidates' overall fundraising total. 

The Rick vs. Kay blog wrote of our previous effort:

Somewhat interesting... the only thing is that this might as well be the population density map for Texas... this could be more useful if it matched up against the population density to show which areas gave disproportionately more than others... certain small towns have a greater influence on political money than others...

Ask, and ye shall receive.

First, check out the first map, which visualized the percentage of contributions to Rick PerryKay Bailey HutchisonDebra MedinaBill White and Farouk Shami by city:

This map, however, shows per-capita contributions. The bubbles get larger as the disparity between population and total donations increases:

For example, the candidates received what amounts to $1.15 from each Houstonian. They received $1 per-resident from Dallas and $2 per-resident from Austin. But check out Blanco, Encinal and Salado. The candidates collected $57, $38, $25 per person there:

One note: The population totals are based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates from 2005 (the best I could do on short notice). 

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