contributions to federal candidates

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The list in this report of the top 100 organizational donors since 1989 is the first installment of ongoing research…

Incumbency, rather than party affiliation, was the key to winning contributions from this group of blue chip political investors. Among business groups, 77 percent of the money that went to candidates wound up in the re-election committees of current office holders. Labor groups gave 66 percent of their dollars to incumbents. The five ideological groups were the most likely to give to non-incumbents, but even they parked 56 percent of their dollars with people already in office.

All that money, given over such a long period, adds up to quite a nest egg for the nation