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Federal Employees Gave Generously to Obama Campaign

by Ian Smith |

The Center for Responsive Politics has released a report outlining the top contributors to both the Obama and Romney campaigns in 2012.

Federal government entities were three of the top ten entities contributing to President Obama’s reelection campaign. The US Government came in 4th place on the list of Obama donors with $627,628 in contributions.¬†Employees from two government agencies also made the list: the US Department of State ($308,926) and the Department of Justice ($300,455). These three line items collectively represent $1,237,009 in total campaign contributions.

The three donors that came in first, second, and third place on the list were University of California with $1,092,906, Microsoft with $761,343, and Google with $737,055, respectively.

The web site notes that the organizations themselves didn’t donate, but rather the money came from the PACs of the individual members, employees, owners and the individuals’ immediate families.

It was widely reported in the days leading up to the election that federal employee unions were actively supporting the president in his reelection campaign, and the figures in this report certainly confirm that.

Who were the top Romney contributors? The top five listed on the OpenSecrets.org web site are Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, and Credit Suisse Group.

The web site also lists which states gave the most money to each candidate’s campaign as well as the top business sectors and industries contributing.

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Ian Smith is one of the founders of FedSmith.com. He writes about current topics that impact federal employees.

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