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Hail to the Fundraiser-in-Chief: The Evolution of Presidential Fundraising Travel, 1977-2004
Unformatted Document Text:  place, and in the fourth year values are relatively high for five of the seven presidents. In 15 of the 28 years, the number of states visited in which presidents didn’t attend a fundraiser is greater than the number of states in which they did attend a fundraiser in 13 of the 28 years, the number is less. While fundraising does account for a great deal of presidential travel, presidents travel widely to states in which they don’t attend fundraisers as well. , and ers make up a substantial portion of presidential travel – one fifth of all presidential events outside of the DC area are fundraisers, and fundraisers and related events account for over one third of all presidential travel. Levels of fundraising travel have risen over time, but have stayed relatively stable as a percentage of presidential travel, with the exception of the Clinton presidency. Fundraising travel varies substantially within terms, with second years standing out with particularly high values for both parties, though for Democrats, their highest totals come in reelection years. The number of fundraisers and related events in a state generally tracks with the number of events not related to fundraisers there, and both increase with the state’s population. On President Average Per Year 1 2 3 4 Carter 14 9 20 9 13.0 Reagan (First Term) 5 6 12 25 12.0 Reagan (Second Term) 11 2 14 12 9.8 GHW Bush 20 4 19 24 16.8 Clinton (First Term) 27 16 15 22 20.0 Clinton (Second Term) 9 9 8 7 8.3 GW Bush 30 3 9 19 15.3 Average Per Year of Term 16.6 7.0 13.9 16.9 Table 5: States Without Presidential Fundraising: Number of States that Hosted Events in Which the President Did Not Attend a Fundraiser, by President and Year of Term, 1977-2004 Year of Term Fundrais Doherty 14

Authors: Doherty, Brendan.
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place, and in the fourth year values are relatively high for five of the seven presidents. In
15 of the 28 years, the number of states visited in which presidents didn’t attend a
fundraiser is greater than the number of states in which they did attend a fundraiser
in 13 of the 28 years, the number is less. While fundraising does account for a great deal
of presidential travel, presidents travel widely to states in which they don’t attend
fundraisers as well.
, and
ers make up a substantial portion of presidential travel – one fifth of all
presidential events outside of the DC area are fundraisers, and fundraisers and related
events account for over one third of all presidential travel. Levels of fundraising travel
have risen over time, but have stayed relatively stable as a percentage of presidential
travel, with the exception of the Clinton presidency. Fundraising travel varies
substantially within terms, with second years standing out with particularly high values
for both parties, though for Democrats, their highest totals come in reelection years. The
number of fundraisers and related events in a state generally tracks with the number of
events not related to fundraisers there, and both increase with the state’s population. On
President
Average Per Year
1
2
3
4
Carter
14
9
20
9
13.0
Reagan (First Term)
5
6
12
25
12.0
Reagan (Second Term)
11
2
14
12
9.8
GHW Bush
20
4
19
24
16.8
Clinton (First Term)
27
16
15
22
20.0
Clinton (Second Term)
9
9
8
7
8.3
GW Bush
30
3
9
19
15.3
Average Per Year of Term
16.6
7.0
13.9
16.9
Table 5: States Without Presidential Fundraising: Number of States that Hosted
Events in Which the President Did Not Attend a Fundraiser, by President and Year
of Term, 1977-2004
Year of Term
Fundrais
Doherty
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