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Top 10 Most Generous Organizations to Political Campaigns

Since 1989, eight of the 10 most politically generous organizations, including labor unions, trial lawyer groups, and investment banking titan Goldman Sachs, have favored Democrats with their contributions. Only two organizations on this list favor Republicans — and they are almost as generous to Democrats. The following numbers come from the Center for Responsive Politics website, OpenSecrets.org, and reflect contributions from these organizations’ political action committees, employees and executives to candidates for federal office from 1989 through 2006.

1. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees $38,133,049 Labor 98% 1%

2. AT&T
$36,992,735 Business 44% 55%

3. National Association of Realtors
$30,298,348 Business 46% 52%

4. National Education Association
$27,108,900 Labor 93% 6%

5. American Association for Justice
$27,107,056 Lawyers 89% 9%

6. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
$25,779,741 Labor 97% 2%

7. Laborers Union
$25,018,639 Labor 91% 7%

8. Goldman Sachs
$24,902,461 Business 61% 38%

9. Service Employees International Union
$24,675,343 Labor 95% 3%

10. Carpenters & Joiners Union
$24,422,870 Labor 89% 9%


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