Asheville’s “1 percent of the 1 percent” political donors

The Sunlight Foundation recently released extensive data on “the political 1 percent of the 1 percent,” the 31,385 people responsible for over a quarter of political donations nationwide during the 2012 elections.

Fifteen of them are in the Asheville metro area, including developers, retirees, a minister and a well-known local philanthropist. The donors are overwhelmingly single-party, with only one, developer Tony Fraga, giving donations to both parties.

The list below is broken down by area:

Nicholas R. Henderson (Arden), minister, $13,750, 100 percent to Republicans

Tony Fraga, developer, $14,601, 92.3 percent to Republicans, 7.6 percent to Democrats
Kenneth Glass, executive, Stony Point Group, $26,000, 100 percent to Republicans
Nancy Keller, retiree, $24,052, 100 percent to Republicans
Loyd Kirk, retiree, $13,335, 100 percent to Republicans
Mack Pearsall, executive, Pearsall Operating Company, $14,550, 100 percent to Democrats
George Pfaff, retiree, $19,725, 100 percent to Republicans
Monte Richardson, retiree, $23,442, 100 percent to Republicans
Stuart Weidie, business, [Blossman Gas, mistakenly named “Blossom Gas” in Sunlight’s data -ed], $13,500, 100 percent to Republicans
Manuel Wisehart, retiree, $34,800, 100 percent to Democrats
Harry Woltman, retiree, $16,080, 100 percent to Democrats
Diana Wortham, philanthropist, $35,750, 100 percent to Democrats

Virginia Dekker, retiree, $23,203, 100 percent to Republicans
Robert Eisenberg, retiree, $18,400, 100 percent to Democrats

Robert Baggett, chair, Peachtree Business Products, $20,998, 100 percent to Democrats


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