About 94% of donors to Emanuel's campaign were white, even though white people comprise just 39% of Chicago's total population, according to the new report, from progressive think tank Demos. Emanuel's donors almost entirely (84%) gave large contributions of $1,000 or more. A staggering 80% of his donors had an annual income of at least $100,000 or more, despite just 15% of Chicagoans making six figures.
"What's so extraordinary about the Chicago donor class is for such a diverse city to have such a white donor class," study author and Demos policy analyst Sean McElwee said in an email. "Though data are still preliminary, Emanuel's donor class does appear whiter than the other mayors of diverse cities I've examined."
Additionally, just 36% of Emanuel's donors actually lived in the city of Chicago.
His progressive competitor, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, recruited a considerably more diverse donor pool — but one that managed to raise just $7.1 million.