Campaign filings: Iowans give $454K to candidates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some 800 Iowa residents have donated $454,000 to 2012 presidential candidates so far this election cycle.

Campaign finance reports filed in mid-October, cited by the Des Moines Register, show President Barack Obama’s campaign has collected the most contributions — almost $200,000. His 10 Republican opponents split the rest of the pot.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney led the Republican candidates in contributions from Iowa. Paul garnered more than $77,000, while Romney pulled in more than $67,000.

Candidates have raised a combined $179 million nationally.

On average since 1999, about 820 Iowa residents contribute $600,000 to presidential candidates in the year leading up to the caucuses.