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El Paso’s top donors to the Trump, Biden campaigns

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is a near-lock to carry El Paso in November, but President Donald Trump has a substantial fundraising advantage in the Sun City, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Trump has raised 3½ times more money than Biden through the end of June in El Paso. The FEC reports cover 2019 and the first six months of 2020.

Trump has reported contributions from more than 500 El Pasoans in 2019 and 2020, compared to just under 200 for Biden. Hundreds of El Pasoans contributed to other Democrats before Biden locked up the nomination.

In 2016, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton received about $287,000 in contributions from El Pasoans, compared to $119,000 that went to Trump.

In recent decades, El Paso has been among the most reliably Democratic counties in Texas. In 2016, Trump received just under 26 percent of the county’s votes, the worst performance in El Paso by a major party candidate in modern history. But the president has built a financial base in El Paso during his 3½ years in office.

The maximum that an individual can donate to a presidential candidate committee is $5,600 in a two-year cycle. One El Pasoan, Margaret Negrete, exceeded that limit through a series of 75 small contributions to Trump, FEC records show. Major campaigns have software that flag excess donations and generate refunds, but the refunds sometimes don’t appear in FEC data until a later reporting period. The next reports from presidential candidates are due to the FEC on Oct. 15.

Here are the El Pasoans who have donated $1,000 or more to Trump:

MargaretNegrete $ 6,498
RobertBowling $ 5,600
BethanyHatch $ 5,500
JimCardwell $ 5,248
AbbeFannin $ 4,480
BeverlyStipe $ 4,301
MichaelMcintyre $ 4,162
GaryKavonian $ 4,141
SharonVerlander $ 3,862
SamuelContreras $ 3,825
MargoKuykendall $ 3,750
RandyKuykendall $ 3,750
TinaHatch $ 3,487
WilliamNowak $ 3,360
ElizabethLovelady $ 2,834
JackMartinez $ 2,777
HaroldAllen $ 2,707
DannySander $ 2,642
GeorgeVanhooser $ 2,592
RaulFavela $ 2,451
ThadSteele $ 2,390
KeithKrohn $ 2,254
RussellRinker $ 2,231
DeanSmith $ 2,100
WilliamHolmes $ 2,061
PatriciaEhler $ 1,929
CateRichards $ 1,895
DwightBorgman $ 1,800
VirginiaKraemer $ 1,724
EdwardoSanchez $ 1,575
RichardClarence $ 1,500
BrettMoore $ 1,489
JoyceShaffer $ 1,459
RichardPonsford $ 1,437
PatrickMoore $ 1,412
GerardoMartinez $ 1,400
MichaelEngelbaum $ 1,400
LyleByrum $ 1,387
SantiagoBatres $ 1,333
MirtaGotbeter $ 1,293
JacobJensen $ 1,265
RuthJacobson $ 1,233
VeraBarbosa $ 1,218
JoseDiaz $ 1,196
WendellOgletree $ 1,162
JeanieGlenn $ 1,135
SergioAcuna $ 1,072
BobbyLewis $ 1,055
JudyRoseberry $ 1,047
JohnBock $ 1,035
MariaRincon $ 1,017
RonaldWallace $ 1,000
FrankClausen $ 1,000
TadSmith $ 1,000
AnnaSchotten $ 1,000
JohnBrown $ 1,000

Here are the El Pasoans who have donated $1,000 or more to Biden:

PaulaRich-Greenwood $      3,800
BradleyFuhrman $      3,198
EbetuelPallares $      2,800
AaronChiu $      2,500
AnthonyParker $      2,238
JoanneMoss $      2,005
AprilAlatorre $      1,825
LesterPrieto $      1,450
DianeHiggins $      1,310
KathieGore $      1,250
RussellJohnson $      1,200
JoyceMccabe $      1,170
HectorDelgado $      1,110
AdiSoto $      1,106
AnthonyLich $      1,100
JamesScherr $      1,000
MelissaKeithly $      1,000
AnneMonty $      1,000
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Robert Moore

Robert Moore is the founder and CEO of El Paso Matters. He has been a journalist in the Texas Borderlands since 1986. His work has received a number of top journalism honors including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Pulitzer Prize finalist and the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award. Moore’s work has appeared in the Washington Post, Texas Monthly, ProPublica, National Public Radio, The Guardian and other publications. He has been featured as an expert on border issues by CNN, MSNBC, BBC, CBC and PBS.

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