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Top 10 Political Contributors and Who Gets Their Money

Below are the 10 most generous contributors to political campaigns from 1990-2006, according to the most recent data from the Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org). Also given are the percentages of those contributions that went to Democrats and Republicans. (Information on contributions to 2008 presidential candidates is not yet available for all organizations.) The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families.

American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees
Total 1990-2006: $38,673,449; D: 98%, R: 1%
l 2004 cycle: $2,051,598; D: 98%, R: 2%
l 2006 cycle: $2,387,168; D: 98%, R: 1%

AT&T Inc
Total 1990-2006: $38,076,096; D: 44%, R: 56%
l 2004 cycle: $3,630,735; D: 39%, R: 61%
l 2006 cycle: $2,919,227; D: 35%, R: 65%

National Association of Realtors
Total 1990-2006: $30,873,798; D: 47%, R: 53%
l 2004 cycle: $4,023,327; D: 48%, R: 52%
l 2006 cycle: $3,986,005; D: 49%, R: 51%

National Education Association
Total 1990-2006: $27,267,750; D: 93%, R: 7%
l 2004 cycle: $2,123,497; D: 91%, R: 9%
l 2006 cycle: $2,374,077; D: 87%, R: 12%

American Association for Justice
Total 1990-2006: $27,117,606; D: 90%, R: 10%
l 2004 cycle: $2,592,249; D: 92%, R: 8%
l 2006 cycle: $2,839,440; D: 95%, R: 4%

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Total 1990-2006: $26,731,306; D: 97%, R: 2%
l 2004 cycle: $2,629,038; D: 96%, R: 4%
l 2006 cycle: $3,244,011; D: 97%, R: 3%

Goldman Sachs
Total 1990-2006: $26,414,065; D: 62%, R: 38%
l 2004 cycle: $6,426,438; D: 62%, R: 38%
l 2006 cycle: $3,492,716; D: 62%, R: 37%

Laborers Union
Total 1990-2006: $25,817,139; D: 92%, R: 8%
l 2004 cycle: $3,041,305; D: 88%, R: 12%
l 2006 cycle: $2,982,682; D: 86%, R: 13%

Service Employees International Union
Total 1990-2006: $25,072,293; D: 96%, R: 4%
l 2004 cycle: $2,290,212; D: 87%, R: 13%
l 2006 cycle: $1,684,581; D: 92%, R: 6%

Carpenters & Joiners Union
Total 1990-2006: $25,010,270; D: 90%, R: 10%
l 2004 cycle: $2,231,760; D: 75%, R: 25%
l 2006 cycle: $2,561,423; D: 74%, R: 25%

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