Candidates follow the same money trail

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The chart from OpenSecrets shows campaign contributions by employees of various organizations (not just the organizations themselves).   It shows that a lot of the organizations whose employees gave most generously to Mitt Romney during the current election cycle produced the most generous givers to Barack Obama in the 2008 election cycle and George W. Bush in the 2004 election cycle.

Click on Top Contributors to John McCain for a list of John McCain’s top contributors in the 2008 election cycle.   Apparently Goldman Sachs employees liked both candidates, but they like Barack Obama four times as much.

Click on Top Contributors to Barack Obama for a list of Barack Obama’s top contributors recorded so far in this election cycle.  In the top right corner of this page is a “switch to” link to the top contributors for the other 2012 Presidential candidates.

Click on The 2012 Money Race: Compare the Candidates for a report by the New York Times.

Click on Open Secrets: Money in Politics for continuing updates on the influence of money on elections and public policy.

Hat tip to Tyler Durden.

When I first published this post, I erroneously confused Open Secrets with OpenLeaks, a spinoff of WikiLeaks.

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