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Will Obama Return $994,795 In Goldman Sachs Campaign Contributions?

Open Secrets.org [1]
April 20, 2010

This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2008 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate , rather the money came from the organization’s PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

Because of contribution limits, organizations that bundle together many individual contributions are often among the top donors to presidential candidates. These contributions can come from the organization’s members or employees (and their families). The organization may support one candidate, or hedge its bets by supporting multiple candidates. Groups with national networks of donors – like EMILY’s List and Club for Growth – make for particularly big bundlers.

University of California $1,591,395
Goldman Sachs [2] $994,795
Harvard University $854,747
Microsoft Corp [3] $833,617
Google Inc $803,436
Citigroup Inc [4] $701,290
JPMorgan Chase & Co [5] $695,132
Time Warner [6] $590,084
Sidley Austin LLP $588,598
Stanford University $586,557
National Amusements Inc $551,683
UBS AG [7] $543,219
Wilmerhale Llp $542,618
Skadden, Arps et al $530,839
IBM Corp $528,822
Columbia University $528,302
Morgan Stanley [8] $514,881
General Electric [9] $499,130
US Government $494,820
Latham & Watkins $493,835

How to read this chart [10]

legend Coded $284,930,288 (73%)
legend Uncoded $103,353,467 (27%)
  Total $388,283,755  

Why (and How) We Use Donors’ Employer/Occupation Information [11]

METHODOLOGY [12]

NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2008 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on Monday, July 13, 2009.
(“Help! [13] The numbers don’t add up…”)

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