Who Bought Your Politician? Check With Our Widget
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Find out who's buying your politician.
Click the gray 'Select A Candidate' box at the top of the widget.
Wired created the widget in conjunction with Maplight, the Berkeley, California-based nonprofit dedicated to following money and politics.
Widget lists the top 10 donors and their contributions to any member of the House and Senate, their opponents, and the presidential candidates. Maplight pulls down up-to-date campaign-financing figures from the Federal Election Commission, which are fed into a database so the widget stays current.
The widget shows where candidates are ranked in terms of how much money they’ve raked in compared to their peers. It also shows how they rank among all federal candidates. Obama, for example, comes in first for presidential candidates, having garnered $201 million. Mitt Romney, comes in with $150 million.
Goldman Sachs has given Romney nearly $544,000 - his top contributor. The largest contributors to the president were government employees, at more than $2 million.
When we unveiled the original widget, we used it to produce a story about federal funding and a controversial helicopter — Follow the Money: Pork-Powered Pig Preps for Flight, which highlighted pay-to-play contributions to select politicians from defense firms hoping to win a contract to build the next Marine One, the president’s personal helicopter.
Nice. Thanks for the link.
How can anyone buy Mitt Romney? I thought he was already mega rich and part of the fat cat club.
What you mean giant banking firms that flushed this economy down the toilet have financially backed both parties?
Say it aint so.....
Hey look at who financially backed Ron Paul....
US Army $115,458
US Navy $92,350
US Air Force $90,611
Google Inc $42,478
US Dept of Defense $39,500
US Marine Corps $30,855
Microsoft Corp $30,259
Boeing Co $27,917
IBM Corp $26,606
US Government $25,766
Intel Corp $24,046
Northrop Grumman $22,233
Lockheed Martin $22,200
RagingWire Enterprise Solutions $20,000
Corriente Advisors $20,000
US Dept of Homeland Security $19,734
US Postal Service $19,717
Verizon Communications $17,243
Oracle Corp $17,162
AT&T Inc $17,152
gee...I wonder why the bolded part? Maybe it's because he's the only real candidate that WILL bring our troops home.
Looks like JP Morgan Chase likes to spread the wealth around.
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