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Top 12 Political Donors Give $1 of Every $13, Watchdog Says

  • Big donors were split between Democrats and Republicans
  • A dozen donors, spouses gave 7.5% of the $45 billion donated
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A dozen major donors are responsible for $1 of every $13 contributed to federal candidates and committees since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling that allowed for unlimited independent spending to influence elections, according to a new report from a campaign finance watchdog group.

The donors and their spouses gave $3.4 billion since the 2010 election cycle, accounting for 7.5% of the $45 billion given to all federal candidates since the 2010 election cycle, according to Issue One, a nonpartisan group that advocates for reducing the role of money in politics.