Your Complete Guide To Where Obama And Romney Are Getting Campaign Money [CHARTS]

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Beginning last year, President Barack Obama has been hard-at-work raising cash for his re-election bid. ABC News pins the number of fundraisers at 146 as of last week, a record for any first-term president. The fundraising trail has been a little more arduous for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, as the former Massachusetts governor faced a long primary season that saw potential funds go to other candidates.

The numbers included in this data set represent FEC filings through Q1 of the campaign cycle, unless noted. This period ended on April 1, 2012. The nearly two-dozen charts here are a comprehensive break down of the funds that include everything from the top metropolitan areas by contribution and stats on gender.

As of April, Barack Obama had raised twice as many funds as Mitt Romney. Both candidates had spent about the same.

While Obama's top donors are a combination of law firms, universities and tech companies, Romney's top 10 donors operate in the finance sector.

The distribution between the locations where both candidates raise their money is about equal. Obama raises a lot more in his native Illinois, while Romney's fifth leading state is Massachusetts, where he was governor.

Obama dominates the coasts, while Romney tends to fare better in the heartland and South. The data is current.

Barack Obama gets an overwhelming proportion of his funds from the communications, finance and legal sectors.

Romney's main source of money thus far has been finance, insurance and real estate companies -- by a mile.

Interestingly enough, Obama has courted more money from the defence sector than Romney.

The passage of Obamacare has only improved the President's relationship with companies in the health care field.

Obama, an attorney by training, gets a substantial amount of his funds from lawyers and lobbyists.

Romney has had better luck than Obama courting funds from male voters. Females, meanwhile, donate to Obama by a 2:1 margin.

The quality of disclosure for both candidates is near 90%. Romney has failed to reveal all of his sources, while Obama's campaign has a significant number of incomplete filings.

Will the money translate into votes?

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