UWS co-op donates four times more to Romney than to Obama

Same address was biggest giver to Democrats nationally in 2004
September 18, 2012 10:00AM

One Upper West Side co-op is defying stereotypes. The residents of one building on this decidedly blue side of Central Park donated nearly four times more to the Romney campaign and to a pro-Romney super PAC than to Obama’s reelection efforts, the New York Times reported.

Changes in campaign finance are revealing surprise Republican strongholds, the Times said. At the San Remo, at 145 and 146 Central Park West, residents (including the Treasurer of Democratic National Committee) failed to out-spend their Republican allies. A hedge fund manager and a Goldman Sachs exec both donated in excess of $100,000 to Restore Our Future, the pro-Romney super PAC, the Times said, whereas democrats building-wide spent about that much total.

The building — which has been home to celebrities from Bono, to Dustin Hoffman and Steven Spielberg — is evidence of Romney’s success in attracting large donations, particularly through super PAC dollars.

Now the San Remo, which elicited the most money for Obama of any single building in the country during the 2004 campaign, has broken the trend. And that revelation had some San Remo residents promising to donate more.

“I’m going to give a lot of money,” Joy Fishman, a San Remo resident, told the Times. “I find the Romney team very scary.” [NYT] — Guelda Voien