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Top All-Time Corporate Political Donors Since 1989

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An acquaintance forwarded me the following link from, the Center for Responsive Politics, which lists their so-called "Heavy Hitters," the top all-time political donors, by organization since 1989. Included in the top 50 were few surprises; all the corporations you can name without looking (go ahead, take a guesS), public employee pension funds, all the usual suspects... groups that can really get things done. Heh.

AT&T (T) was number one, with the National Association of Realtors (man, 1989-2007, those were the salad days, am I right?) checking in at number 4, Goldman Sachs (GS) number five, Citigroup (C) 15, Altria (MO) at number 22 haha - "you hate us, but you love us, Congress, right?" - and JP Morgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS) and Bank of America (BAC) each cracking the top 50.

Of course, donors beware: by falling outside the top 50 is risky. Even though it still qualifies you as an "heavy hitter", is no guarantee of political success to just make the list of the 100 biggest givers to federal-level politics since 1989. Just ask Lehman Brothers (#111), Bear Stearns (#131) and Enron (#132).

Top 10 Heavy Hitters
AT&T Inc $45,662,025
ActBlue $43,181,888
American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $43,026,461
National Assn of Realtors $37,623,999
Goldman Sachs $32,899,102
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $32,685,295
American Assn for Justice $32,683,029
National Education Assn $31,114,380
Laborers Union $29,816,800
Carpenters & Joiners Union $28,945,308

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