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Follow The Money Trail: An Analysis Of The Top Donors For Each Presidential Candidate

A Short Analysis of the Top Donors for each Presidential Candidate:

NOTE: These are individual donors, and don’t include super-PACS. When you make a political donation, you have to state what company you work for, and that is how this is compiled. These are not the companies themselves donating, but the individuals who work for those companies. For example, in 2008, people who work for Goldman Sachs, gave over $1 Million to Obama, and were his top donor. In 2012, Mitt Romney’s top donor, is, you guessed it, people who work for Goldman Sachs, at $575,000 and counting.

Also the lists provided are the top 20 donors for each candidate.

First I will make a few observations in regards to the numbers about each candidate, and then feel free to peruse the specifics, below:

Obama 2012:

In the $3,290,000 raised so far from the top 20 companies whose employees so far have made individual donations to Obama:

$560,000, or 17%, has come from technology firms;
$794,000, or 24%, has come from Big Academia;
$1,008,000, or 31%, has come from big lobbying firms.

Of course, these lobbyists, have the usual list of clients, you might expect, from all the “Bigs”.

This is extraordinary: Almost 1/3 of all the personal donations to Obama in this top 20 block, have come from lobbyists and their firms.

Remember his 2008 campaign about promising to end special interests?

Right.

Romney 2012:

In the $4,723,000 raised so far from the top 20 companies whose employees so far have made individual donations to Romney:

Fully $3,760,000 of that, or 80%...has come from Wall Street firms.

Of those top 20 firms whose employees have donated so far $4.72 Million, to Romney, those same firms received, in the 2008 bailouts stolen from the American taxpayer (which of course both Romney and Obama supported), an estimated $335 Billion dollars in bailout money!

Infused with $335 Billion of cash taken from the backs of taxpayers?? No wonder they are able to ‘afford’ to donate so much!

Ron Paul 2012:

In the $675,000 raised so far from the top 20 companies whose employees so far have made individual donations to Dr. Paul:

$157,000, or 24%, has come from technology firms;
$73,000, or 11%, has come from government contractors
$338,000, or 50%, has come from active duty military.

So, let me get this straight:

1) The biggest donors to Obama in 2008, were the Banksters.

2) The biggest donors to Obama in 2012, are lobbyists…for the Banksters.

3) The biggest donors to Mitt Romney in 2012, by a huge majority, are the Banksters…and the lobbyists who represent them.

4) The biggest donors to Ron Paul in 2012, fully 50% in this sample of the top 20, are from the United States active duty military. You know, the military guys and gals, who are throwing their support behind the guy who is supposedly so “weak” on foreign policy.

5) Go figure.

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Here is the breakdown of all the top donors of the candidates (all data here courtesy of opensecrets.org):

Obama’s top donors:

Microsoft $348 K

DLA Piper $298 K
(International lobbying firm with clients from defense contractors like Raytheon to big pharma Pfizer to various health care / insurance firms)

U of California $262 K

Sidley Austin LLP $240 K
(Lobbying firm that has included many Big Pharma clients, as well as the Federal Reserve).

Google $212 K
Harvard $195 K
Comcast $181 K

Skadden Arps, et al $154 K
“Lobbyists working for Skadden, Arps represent some of the largest political players outside of elected office, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Steel. And it’s the firm’s individual employees, as well as their immediate family members, who come out in droves for Democrats. Together, they routinely help the firm rank at the top of the lawyers and lobbyists industry in terms of campaign contributions.”
- OpenSecrets.org

Morgan & Morgan $136 K
US Department of State $132 K
Time Warner $130 K

US Government $127 K
Stanford University $123 K
Kaiser Permanente $112 K

National Amusements, Inc $110 K
Columbia University $109 K
Mayer Brown, LLP $109 K
(Lobbying firm)

Wilmerhale LLP $107 K
(Lobbying firm)

Finally one of the many lobbying firms who are the top backers of Obama, willing to actually admit their clients.

http://www.wilmerhale.com/about/representativeclients/

Among Wilmerhale’s clients…are a good corporatist bunch:

Bayer
Boeing
Citigroup
Deutsche Bank
General Electric
Goldman Sachs
JP Morgan Chase
Millennium Pharmaceuticals
Monsanto
Morgan Stanley
Pfizer
Procter & Gamble
UBS

University of Chicago $105 K

Jones Day $100 K
(Lobbying firm)

ROMNEY 2012:

FIRST number: Top donors to Romney 2012.
SECOND number: How much bailout money those companies received in 2008:

Goldman Sachs $574 K $13 Billion
Bank of America $399 K $15 Billion
JP Morgan Chase $394 K $25 Billion
Morgan Stanley $374 K $107 Billion
Credit Suisse $318 K $500 Million
Citigroup $302 K $25 Billion

Kirkland & Ellis $249 K
(Lobbying firm whos clients include Big Pharma, Big Energy, Big Medical, and yes, you guessed it: Morgan Stanley, UBS, etc.)

Barclays $229 K $48 Billion

Pricewaterhouse/
Coopers $209 K
(Accounting firm darling of Wall Street)

Wells Fargo $205 K $25 Billion

HIG Capital $191K

UBS AG $191 K $75 Billion

Blackstone Group $183 K
Bain Capital $149 K
Marriot International $133 K
EMC Corp $129 K

Citadel Investment
Group $128 K $1 Billion

Elliot Management $118 K
Deloitte LLP $125 K
(Accounting firm with clients such as Morgan Stanley and Monsanto)

Bain & Co $123 K

Top donors to Ron Paul 2012:

US Army $108 K
US Air Force $84 K
US Navy $84 K
Google $42 K
US Dept. of Defense $34 K
Microsoft $29 K
US Marine Corps $28 K
Boeing $27 K
IBM Corporation $27 K
Lockheed Martin $24 K
Northrop Grumman $22 K
Intel Corporation $21 K
US Government $21 K
Rangingwire Enterprise
Solutions $20 K
Corriente Advisors $20 K
Oracle Corporation $18 K
Verizon $17 K
US Postal Service $17 K
FedEx Corp $16 K
AT&T $16 K

~Chris
May 27, 2012

P.S. Have a meaningful Memorial Day…and remember the fallen, please.

Data taken from OpenSecrets.org. Great website!



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TO THE TOP GET THIS OUT TO ALL ROMNEY/OBMANEY SUPPORTERS

not that they would read any of it , people are too braindead to think nowadays

another two not support these cloned candidates

RON PAUL ALL THE WAY TO TAMPA!!!

SCREW U NPR/PBS!

"He's this eccentric Ghandi-Like figure that you cant touch with the normal bribes that people respond to."
the man Doug Wead on DR. RON PAUL

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The truth is the truth. Thanks for your support

Get the word out.

Once reasonable people can analyze the information...they will do the right thing.

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

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Follow the money trail on the candidates...

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

Thanks for the info, and the links.

Are there links about campaign spending, too? I wonder how Obama spent $100 million so far, or at least that is the case under opensecrets.org. He just doesn't seem to have been that visible so far, to me.

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You are welcome, Mary.

Hope this info provides fuel to the fire!

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

I get Ads all the time

For Obama's campaign, and I'm pretty sure the dozens of websites tracking me are 100% certain I'm a Ron Paul supporter.

Internet ads are cheap, though.

I see very few nationwide ads. His travel is covered separately from the campaign, I would think. I don't know. Legal expenses?

Question

Great stuff!

Could this be posted at a more neutral site? Many I know will just blow it off immediately if from the Daily Paul.

And please don't play with the trolls. They like the attention. I don't believe in censoring, as we believe in freedom. And if they ever did say something rational, responding is good practice. I've probably learned more reading responses to criticism than any other stuff.

The crap in this thread, however, is meaningless.

Always the same companies

When you're a Paul supporter, or an Alex Jones listener, you read these articles and it's always the same companies that just keep popping up.

Wilmerhale’s client list was like a who's who of those companies!

Great write-up, Chris!

Easy to digest and pass along to those whose minds need changing.

With liberty and justice for all...who can afford it.

Thanks!

I'm glad to see that we do have some Paul supporters working for some of these big corporations! And the active military donations really speak for themselves!

I really would have loved to

I really would have loved to send this post to my Pastor. Unfortunately the offensive string of commentary following it is just too embarrassing to pass along. Usually I am most pleased with the Daily Paul when I find the commentary to be as much or more illuminating as the post content. In this instance however, this is not the case. Perhaps I will cut and paste with the authors permission, but I will certainly not be providing the link in its entirety.

Things are only impossible until they are not.
-- Jean Luc Picard

boo hoo

what about that pastor that said all gays should be thrown behind a fence to die

http://tinyurl.com/7trg77p

not saying thats your pastor or anything just that you shouldnt whine like a little baby

just send him here and tell him to open his eyes and read

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2012/01/meet-the-bundlers-be...

"He's this eccentric Ghandi-Like figure that you cant touch with the normal bribes that people respond to."
the man Doug Wead on DR. RON PAUL

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Cut and paste works well, and you could

even append your own custom commentary. It would be wonderful if some skilled techie person would simplify the entire post into a clear graphic presentation.

50%

Of active military donors, donate to Ron Paul, meaning the people the banksters use to fight their wars and get them more riches are turning on them. This is good.

"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing." - Andrew Jackson

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That percentage is high...however I am saying...

That 50% of the donations of the top 20 donors to Dr. Paul....are from active duty military.

I think the number of active duty military support to Dr. Paul exceeds the others combined.

Two different stats here...but both important nonetheless.

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

Did you know that aluminum

Did you know that aluminum foil actually amplifies certain frequency ranges from a distance? It happens to amplify the exact frequencies the government owns too, so maybe wearing the hat increases their ability to control your mind!

It has also been noted that a hat isn't a sufficient Faraday cage, and that one would be better off wearing an entire suit made of copper mesh. That will screen out all neuroreactive frequencies.

I'd rather

wear a tin hat than an @zzhat!

When Fascism goes to sleep, it checks under the bed for Ron Paul!

Don't mind Devil Fartlord, he speaketh from experience:

he sleeps in a Faraday cocoon sleeping bag as to avoid any original thinking from channeling in, or getting out. But mainly from getting in.

LOL

seriously, how in the F'ng world the Mods CONTINUE to allow this most obvious troll to roam, when one of the few R3VOL who actually got discouraged BobbyW24, was booted long ago, is beyond me.

I'd say it's about time now, no??

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

They seem to be very good...

...at booting most of them. How this one has been on over a year has really got me baffled! He reminds me of one of those little gremlins from the Gremlins movie. Remember that? He would probably take that as a compliment. =0

hat

Plus Prozac and Floride are by products of aluminum so its in your body also. I think that is why people are so asleep with the frequencies controlling how they feel and think. So what hat are you referring to? You should get rid of the florescent light bulbs they mandated they bounce frequencies around plus look at project blue beam, then mind control video from the 1950's they have been doing this for decades. One more thing, they mandated the digital and florescent light bulbs in Canada Australia and the uk, I asked several different people from English speaking countries online.If I could only ask the rest of the countries but I will just assume yes. There is something to this. This is very real.

Jana

If the government had mind

If the government had mind control rays, wouldn't they use them for things like getting people to stop speeding and texting while driving, not cheating on their taxes, and not trafficking/using illegal drugs or committing violent crimes?

here we go, again, for the umteenth time: ya still never learn

apparently govt didn't need to use their non-existent mind control rays to not-control your non-mind, Devil Fartlord, Mr. King of the Fartiest Fartdom, and the custodian of non-existent, never-lost gnosis of your non-dreams, not-worth sharing.

somewhere among those double, triple, quadriple, ah heck, nth negatives lies some truth... somewhere.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

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Did you know that some forms of legal insanity...

...are treatable.

And there are great specialists out there, who can help...people...that need it.

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

You're not going to get

You're not going to get anywhere arguing that point with the tin foil hats.

I totally agree psychopharmacology is a wonderful tool in helping these poor folks resume normal lives, but many of them aren't even crazy in a psychiatric sense, they just have such a warped world view that one would have to spend years with a therapist having them systematically break down each and every layer of bullshit for what it really is. Eventually they have an epiphany and realize just how messed up their thinking has been.

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Awww dude not to worry...I am probably legally 'insane'

But I am functional...and plan to get alot accomplished.

Side note: MDMA is the answer, the cure, for PTSD.

Actually, ending the Federal Reserve, is the answer, the cure, for PTSD.

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

You might be fractally wrong,

You might be fractally wrong, hell Rick Santorum is fractally wrong, but that doesn't make you crazy. It just means your logic is based on a false premise and everything that's built on top of that is a false premise.

Drugs aren't the cure for that, assuming it even needs to be cured. You just need to go out and associate with normal people.

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What the fukk are you talking about?

Can't make heads or tails of it.

But then again...I understand....

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.