Election 2008 Show me the Money

Here is the 2008 Election Cycle Giving by Industry to Candidates.  The question arises, What is the reason industries and Political Action Committees give to a particular candidate?  Note: Barak Obama states in almost every speech that he takes NO PAC money.  Based on what you see here is that true?  Both democratic candidates state that Republican campaigns are financed by special interests and big oil.  Conversely, The Republican manta is that Democrats are financed by Trial Lawyers , Insurance, and Pharmaceuticals.  Republicans and Democrats both say the other is financed by Lobbyists.  Without pointing things out here, look at the charts to see if your candidate is being financed by industries that have a possible gain for giving to that candidate.  Who gets more money from healthcare?  Who gets money from single issue special interests?  Who gets the Most from Trial Lawyers?  Who gets the most from Energy?  For further information please see http://www.opensecrets.org which tracks money, legislation, and Bills Sponsors to give the public and understanding of why money is given to a particular candidate and what legislation that candidate introduced so one can correlate the two variables: Money / Legislation.

Defense
 

Clinton, Hillary

graph $199,926

McCain, John

graph $158,321

Paul, Ron

graph $143,829

Obama, Barack

graph $99,085

Huckabee, Mike

graph $23,376

Energy/Natural Resources

Clinton, Hillary

graph $704,440

Obama, Barack

graph $619,895

McCain, John

graph $498,943

Paul, Ron

graph $145,960

Huckabee, Mike

graph $68,605

Finance/Insurance/Real Estate
 

Clinton, Hillary

graph $15,131,604

Obama, Barack

graph $11,591,196

McCain, John

graph $6,045,302

Paul, Ron

graph $948,009

Huckabee, Mike

graph $653,748

Health
 

Clinton, Hillary

graph $3,652,627

Obama, Barack

graph $2,819,291

McCain, John

graph $1,095,582

Paul, Ron

graph $704,728

Huckabee, Mike

graph $252,554

Lawyers & Lobbyists
 

Clinton, Hillary

graph $12,579,580

Obama, Barack

graph $9,607,724

McCain, John

graph $2,924,506

Huckabee, Mike

graph $227,444

Paul, Ron

graph $204,595

Ideology/Single-Issue
 

Clinton, Hillary

graph $713,621

Obama, Barack

graph $388,434

McCain, John

graph $160,098

Huckabee, Mike

graph $36,519

Paul, Ron

graph $14,442

Labor Unions
 

Clinton, Hillary

graph $139,233

Obama, Barack

graph $32,946

Paul, Ron

graph $7,092

McCain, John

graph $2,500

Communications /Electronics
 

Clinton, Hillary

graph $5,696,243

Obama, Barack

graph $5,477,750

McCain, John

graph $1,238,126

Paul, Ron

graph $977,671

Huckabee, Mike

graph $170,046

 

METHODOLOGY: The totals on these charts are calculated from PAC contributions and contributions from individuals giving more than $200, as reported to the Federal Election Commission. Individual contributions are generally categorized based on the donor’s occupation/employer, although individuals may be classified instead as ideological donors if they’ve given more than $200 to an ideological PAC.

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