Upper West Siders are opening their wallets in a big way for Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a top contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Data from opensecrets.org shows that Mayor Pete has received the most money in each of the four zip codes on the Upper West Side — 10023, 10024, 10025 and 10069. In total he’s raised about $700,000 on the Upper West Side, about 1% of the $76 million he raised in 2019. The data tracks all donations over $200 (that means candidates like Bernie Sanders who take in more small donations might not show up as high on the list).
Buttigieg did particularly well in 10023 (whose northern boundary is between 76th and 77th Street) pulling in $281,960. He brought in $232,164 and $146,298 from people in 10024 and 10025 respectively.
In 10069, which encompasses the Riverside Boulevard area next to the Hudson River below 72nd Street, he pulled in $28,066. Many buildings in that area were once branded as Trump Place until residents demanded the president’s name be removed.
Buttigieg has held fundraisers in the neighborhood, even drawing protests at one last month — “protesters began banging pots and pans outside the residence and shouting ‘Wall Street Pete!'”
The Upper West Side remains a reliably Democratic area. But despite the neighborhood’s liberal reputation, it’s arguably not one of the most left-wing parts of the city anymore. In 2016, locals voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. Buttigieg is considered one of the more moderate candidates in the race.
The number two candidates in each zip code were as follows:
10023: Kamala Harris
10024: Kamala Harris
10025: Elizabeth Warren
10069: Kamala Harris
Clarification: This article did not initially note that opensecrets.org was tracking only donations of $200 or above.