Political Campaign Contributions by Sector

Why is it that banking corporations seem to get just about everything they want from Washington (government bailouts, purchases of toxic assets by the Federal Reserve, pathetic regulations, avoidance of jail time for CEOs who caused the 2008 economic implosion)? 

Maybe, just maybe, it has something to do with the political campaign “contributions” (more like investments) handed out to federal elected officials. The FIRE (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate) sector is #1 in the current election cycle…by a lot. 

POLITICAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS BY SECTOR
Sector / Total $ / % to Democrats / % to Republicans
1. Finance/Insur/RealEst / $65,263,847 / 36.3% / 55.7%
2. Other / $39,860,271 / 51.8% / 35.5%
3. Misc Business / $35,912,227 / 39.0% / 53.0%
4. Ideology, Single-Issue / $35,404,409 / 45.9% / 41.9%
5. Lawyers & Lobbyists / $25,655,939 / 65.9% / 31.5%
6. Health / $24,538,283 / 41.8% / 53.4%
7. Labor / $22,495,845 / 52.8% / 7.7%
8. Communications, Electronics / $18,279,820 / 55.7% / 36.7%
9. Energy, Nat Resource / $16,434,322 / 21.9% / 74.9%
10. Agribusiness / $11,630,301 / 26.9% / 69.3%
11. Construction / $11,549,743 / 25.5% / 61.9%
12. Transportation / $10,398,240 / 28.7% / 68.7%
13. Defense / $6,440,517 / 39.0% / 60.5%

Source: 2013-14 Election Cycle, opensecrets.org

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