Lido Isle provides an interesting picture, in part because it's
large enough for there to be enough donations to talk about but still
small enough that one can imagine it as a solitary piece of Newport
Anyone surprised that the leading politician there is President
Bush? He received $38,175 from Lido Isle residents between Jan. 1,
2003, and the end of February.
More surprising might be the leading Democratic recipient. It
isn't Sen. John Kerry -- he has no donations. And it isn't former
Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who received $2,505. Not former Gen. Wesley
Clark, $200 behind Dean at $2,350. Even Sen. John Edwards, at $2,000,
isn't the leader.
It was Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who received $3,000 from Lido Isle
Other little islands that offered some political punch included
the exclusive Linda Isle, where residents gave $5,000 to the
president and $500 to Lieberman, and Bay Island, whose residents
tossed $3,000 to the White House and $1,000 to Kerry (from the same
house as one of the president's donors -- I wonder what dinner is
Larger areas of Newport-Mesa are more difficult to delineate. The
parts of Newport Beach that fall within zip code 92660, including
Eastbluff, Newport Center and the Port Streets, are one of the
state's -- and nation's -- top donating zip codes. In California,
only Beverly Hills, with donations totaling $2.7 million, and parts
of Los Angeles, with donations from $1.9 million to $1.42 million,
have given more since January 2003 than the 92660 zip code's $1.3
million (Zip codes in metropolitan New York are the leading ones in
the nation). However, three exclusive areas -- Balboa Peninsula,
Balboa Island and Newport Coast -- are all digestible amounts.
The peninsula has its share of Democrats -- small share, any way.
They gave $2,000 and $500 each to Dean, Gephardt and Lieberman.
Republicans, of course, rule. They gave $19,000 to Bush.
The island, including Collins Island, was more generous to
Democrats. Kerry received $4,000, as did Gephardt. Lieberman
continued his fundraising dominance with $7,000 from the island. Dean
managed $300 and Clark $150.
Bush received $14,950.