If campaign contributions are any indication of ballot behavior, Mission residents are casting a decided vote for president this November.
President Barack Obama has so far raked in more than nine in 10 dollars donated by district residents to a presidential campaign in the months before the election, according to data compiled by the Federal Election Commission.
Republican nominee Mitt Romney received almost $4,200 in contributions to date, a shy slice of the nearly $368,000 Obama has raised in the neighborhood this election season.
The discrepancy is no surprise, considering the Mission District’s overwhelming liberal leaning. In 2008 Obama raised $900,000 to Senator John McCain’s $3,000, and eventually swept the Mission vote.
The number of individual contributors totals 2,412 to both campaigns — 2,402 to Obama and 10 to Romney.
By law, donors who contribute directly to presidential campaigns are limited to $5,000 — $2,500 for the primary campaign and $2,500 for the general election.
At least 10 Mission donors contributed the total maximum.
In contrast, three-fourths of all contributions came in increments of $100 or less, a trend reminiscent of 2008, when nationwide donations to Obama’s campaign averaged $80.
More than 10 percent of all contributions were from employees of tech giants Facebook, Google, Apple and Zynga, some of which have campuses in San Francisco.
Donations from San Francisco city workers — including employees in the health department, planning department and school district — account for just 2 percent of all contributions.
Notable Mission donors include best-selling author and lifestyle guru Tim Ferriss, who donated $5,000 to Obama’s campaign, and San Francisco Superior Court judge Linda Colfax, who also donated $250 to re-elect the president.
Mission resident Paolo Perrone, 28, who contributed to Obama’s campaign in 2008, said that the president’s healthcare plan may motivate him to reach into his wallet again.
“I felt there was a lot riding on that last election,” Perrone said. “But there’s definitely equally as much riding on this election.”
Some Mission residents prefer to give locally, where they believe their dollar will have greater impact.
Mission High School history teacher Jenn Bowman previously donated to State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, but never to a presidential candidate.
“I mostly give locally and to nonprofit organizations that probably support [local candidates],” Bowman said. “I feel like there’s already so much money involved in [the presidential election].”
Still, California is overwhelmingly the largest source of individual campaign contributions. While the money is rarely spent on advertising in the state — due to its historically democratic tilt — candidates rarely miss an opportunity to court the state’s wealthiest.
Obama visited California at least six times this year, according to Politico, and is expected back in San Francisco Oct. 8. Romney campaigned in California recently, stopping in the Bay Area for an exclusive fundraiser in late September.
Obama has raised more than $51 million in the state, roughly double the contributions to his Republican rival, according to the FEC.
Candidates are also beneficiaries of recent Supreme Court rulings that allow donors to give unlimited sums to super PACs — political action committees — that remain independent from and do not coordinate with candidates.
The Golden State — namely the Bay Area and Los Angeles — is a gold mine for these committees, thanks largely to generous billionaire techies like Republican PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, and the Hollywood elite, like producer Steven Spielberg, a Democrat.
Mission residents have not donated to either Obama-supported Priorities USA or Romney-supported Restore Our Future, according to campaign finance watchdog OpenSecrets.org.