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The Only Chart That Matters

Nearly everything you need to know about the candidates in this election is contained in this table of their top donors*, compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. Although he’s long since dropped out of the race, I include Ron Paul for purposes of comparison:

Barack Obama

University of California  $927,568
Microsoft Corp$680,769
Google Inc$661,996
Harvard University$535,405
US Government$528,603


Mitt Romney

Goldman Sachs$965,140
Bank of America $844,734
Morgan Stanley$768,216
JPMorgan Chase & Co  $749,918
Credit Suisse Group $588,841


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


Enough said.

*As the Center for Responsive Politics explains, the “organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families.”

about the author

Samuel Goldman is an assistant professor of political science and director of the Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom at George Washington University. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard, where he has also taught writing. In addition to The American Conservative, Goldman’s work has appeared in The New Criterion, The Wall Street Journal, and Maximumrocknroll. Follow him on Twitter.

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