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Heavy Hitters: Top All-Time Donors, 1989-2014

Posted by on Apr. 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM
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This list includes the organizations that have historically qualified as "heavy hitters" — groups that lobby and spend big, with large sums sent to candidates, parties and leadership PACs. Individuals and organizations have been able to make extremely large donations to outside spending groups in the last few years. While contributions to outside groups like super PACs do not factor into an organization's designation as a "heavy hitter" (a listing of about 150 groups), those numbers are included for the roster below.

For example, this list does not include casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. He and his wife Miriam donated nearly $93 million in 2012 alone to conservative super PACs — enough to put him at No. 2 on this list. Similarly, the list excludes former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has donated more than $19 million in the past two years, largely to groups that support gun control. Neither Adelson nor Bloomberg — or the organizations they report as their employers — qualifies as a "heavy hitter" under our current definition. It's also important to note that we aren't including donations to politically active dark money groups, like Americans for Prosperity, a group linked to the Koch brothers, or the liberal group Patriot Majority — because these groups hide their donors; see a list of top donors that we've been able to identify to such groups. We are working to revise this list to take into account the new realities of campaign finance created by the Citizens United decision, but as it currently stands, there are significant omissions.

It is also worth noting that certain organizations, such as ActBlue and Club for Growth, are included although they function for the most part as pass-through entities: individual donors give to them with the contributions earmarked for specific candidates.

https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php

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lylalane7275
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 1:28 PM
LEGEND:   Republican    Democrat    On the fence



= Between 40% and 59% to both parties
= Leans Dem/Repub (60%-69%)
= Strongly Dem/Repub (70%-89%)
= Solidly Dem/Repub (over 90%)
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% as money can be given to third party
candidates or outside spending groups and PACs not affiliated with either party.
RankOrganizationTotal '89-'14Dem %Repub %Tilt
1ActBlue$100,887,82899%0%    
2American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees$61,339,12980%1%  
3National Education Assn$58,783,73856%4%
4AT&T Inc$56,789,59741%57%
5National Assn of Realtors$52,431,32243%46%
6Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$45,516,13091%2%    
7Goldman Sachs$45,112,86553%44%
8United Auto Workers$41,669,15371%0%  
9Carpenters & Joiners Union$41,478,54671%9%  
10Service Employees International Union$38,569,79084%2%  
11Laborers Union$38,089,86083%7%  
12American Federation of Teachers$37,039,07589%0%  
13Communications Workers of America$36,326,88586%0%  
14Teamsters Union$36,153,70788%5%  
15JPMorgan Chase & Co$34,809,10748%51%
16United Food & Commercial Workers Union$33,970,10086%0%  
17United Parcel Service$32,565,38235%64%
18Citigroup Inc$32,406,96248%50%
19National Auto Dealers Assn$32,136,91031%68%
20EMILY's List$31,654,91298%0%    
21AFL-CIO$31,558,37760%3%
22American Bankers Assn$31,372,75236%63%
23Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union$31,356,14798%1%    
24American Medical Assn$30,030,75940%59%
25Microsoft Corp$29,440,92355%43%
26National Beer Wholesalers Assn$29,240,01035%64%
27Blue Cross/Blue Shield$29,015,75336%63%
28General Electric$28,293,62347%51%
29National Assn of Home Builders$27,639,63034%65%
30Lockheed Martin$27,479,25442%56%
31Bank of America$27,085,44341%57%
lylalane7275
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 1:33 PM
32National Assn of Letter Carriers$26,211,35984%9%  
33Morgan Stanley$26,138,33042%56%
34Verizon Communications$25,603,91740%58%
35Deloitte LLP$25,265,83335%63%
36Time Warner$24,551,63772%25%  
37Newsweb Corp$24,536,37140%0%
38Plumbers & Pipefitters Union$24,510,89883%4%  
39Credit Union National Assn$24,270,65547%51%
40Altria Group$23,890,99828%71%  
41Ernst & Young$23,363,71842%57%
42Operating Engineers Union$23,296,17382%14%  
43American Hospital Assn$23,075,10152%46%
44International Assn of Fire Fighters$23,002,06079%16%  
45Sheet Metal Workers Union$22,570,77895%2%    
46PricewaterhouseCoopers$22,544,79735%64%
47American Dental Assn$21,942,00844%54%
48Boeing Co$21,873,85346%52%
lylalane7275
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 1:33 PM
49UBS AG$21,593,32240%58%
50Comcast Corp$20,815,48557%42%
51Pfizer Inc$19,899,73935%64%
52AFLAC Inc$19,864,55943%56%
53National Rifle Assn$19,820,80317%82%  
54Northrop Grumman$19,814,85142%57%
55Air Line Pilots Assn$19,783,04782%17%  
56Union Pacific Corp$19,711,71827%72%  
57Honeywell International$19,592,19744%54%
58Natl Assn/Insurance & Financial Advisors$19,355,12441%58%
59Koch Industries $18,283,4488%91%    
60American Assn for Justice$18,201,60880%3%  
61American Postal Workers Union$18,071,40886%2%  
62FedEx Corp$17,730,34339%60%
63Ironworkers Union$17,537,94092%6%    
64Club for Growth $17,519,6720%95%    
65Credit Suisse Group$17,285,14041%57%
66United Transportation Union$17,198,25087%11%  
67New York Life Insurance$17,125,00749%50%
68Raytheon Co $17,066,24644%55%
69United Steelworkers$16,752,20597%0%    
70National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn$16,720,21347%52%
71General Dynamics$16,718,67746%53%
72Akin, Gump et al $16,641,16261%37%
73National Air Traffic Controllers Assn$16,081,05078%20%  
74American Institute of CPAs$16,056,55541%58%
75Chevron$15,875,72419%64%
76Anheuser-Busch$15,727,46347%51%
77Reynolds American$15,583,69822%77%  
78National Cable & Telecommunications Assn$15,571,51047%52%
79Exxon Mobil$15,282,29713%85%  
80KPMG LLP $15,189,57834%65%
81Wal-Mart Stores$15,140,23232%67%
82DLA Piper$14,998,17868%31%
83Merrill Lynch$14,864,71737%62%
84GlaxoSmithKline$14,653,44330%69%
85CSX Corp$14,401,01134%65%
86Walt Disney Co$14,164,85768%30%
87News Corp$14,141,91358%41%
88American Financial Group$14,006,73515%73%  
89Indep Insurance Agents & Brokers/America$13,841,90034%64%
90Wells Fargo$13,820,54536%61%
91American Health Care Assn $13,808,47851%48%
92University of California $13,678,61389%9%  
93Associated Builders & Contractors $13,666,0821%98%    
94Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance $13,630,75438%60%
95American Crystal Sugar$13,443,70962%37%
96American Society of Anesthesiologists$13,385,53741%58%
97WPP Group$13,341,03453%45%
98Prudential Financial$13,276,76649%50%
99Southern Co$13,145,68928%70%  
100National Restaurant Assn$12,692,43116%82%  
Schauseil
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 1:42 PM
And absolutely none of that, for or against either party, should be going on.
lylalane7275
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Not sure what you mean. Corruption?  Cronyism?

Quoting Schauseil: And absolutely none of that, for or against either party, should be going on.


Schauseil
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 1:50 PM
Both. Elections are based on who has the best ads and who has the most money, who has the most friends. It's sickening. I would support term limits for congressional offices and Supreme Court justices too.

Quoting lylalane7275:

Not sure what you mean. Corruption?  Cronyism?

Quoting Schauseil: And absolutely none of that, for or against either party, should be going on.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM

WOW. Way more big Dem groups than GOP.

I about fell off my ironic "shocked, SHOCKED" chair!

Schauseil
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 1:52 PM
I would also do away with the electoral college. When we have the ability to determine the popular vote, that's what elections should be based on. At the very least the electoral college should have to vote for who won the popular vote in their representative area.
SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 1:52 PM

But what do you fight against? Just the conservatives.

Hypocritical much?

Quoting Schauseil: And absolutely none of that, for or against either party, should be going on.


lylalane7275
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM
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I hear you.  But first we must get rid of the takers.  I believe there are some pure/for the people politicians out there, but the problem is I can count them on one hand.  For me, that's who I vote for but until we all do that we will be in the same boat fighting among ourselves while they get richer pushing their pork bills.

Quoting Schauseil: I would also do away with the electoral college. When we have the ability to determine the popular vote, that's what elections should be based on. At the very least the electoral college should have to vote for who won the popular vote in their representative area.


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