Friday, January 11, 2008

Which candidates are in the pockets of the lobbyists?

(Courtesy of Open Secrets)

2008 PRESIDENTIAL RACE
Contributions from Selected Industries
Lobbyists

Hillary Clinton (D)

graph $567,950

John McCain (R)

graph $340,365

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

graph $233,875

Mitt Romney (R)

graph $229,475

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

graph $212,100

Bill Richardson (D)

graph $134,950

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

graph $114,460

Fred Thompson (R)

graph $90,000

Barack Obama (D)

graph $76,859

Duncan Hunter (R)

graph $30,900

John Edwards (D)

graph $18,900

Sam Brownback (R)

graph $17,225

Mike Huckabee (R)

graph $6,964

Tom Tancredo (R)

graph $250


And which ones will work for the prescription drug industry?

Pharmaceuticals/Health Products

Hillary Clinton (D)

graph $269,436

Barack Obama (D)

graph $261,784

Mitt Romney (R)

graph $260,535

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

graph $138,850

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

graph $84,400

John McCain (R)

graph $69,300

Bill Richardson (D)

graph $28,950

Fred Thompson (R)

graph $26,900

Ron Paul (R)

graph $20,568

John Edwards (D)

graph $15,000

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

graph $13,425

Sam Brownback (R)

graph $12,750

Dennis J. Kucinich (D)

graph $5,100

Duncan Hunter (R)

graph $4,050

Tom Tancredo (R)

graph $3,250

Mike Gravel (D)

graph $2,208

Mike Huckabee (R)

graph $500


Of course, the really big money comes from the lawyers:
Lawyers/Law Firms

Hillary Clinton (D)

graph $9,596,748

John Edwards (D)

graph $8,161,150

Barack Obama (D)

graph $7,940,424

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

graph $3,203,396

John McCain (R)

graph $2,214,820

Mitt Romney (R)

graph $2,143,975

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

graph $2,031,848

Bill Richardson (D)

graph $1,546,715

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

graph $1,097,750

Fred Thompson (R)

graph $709,364

Ron Paul (R)

graph $82,609

Sam Brownback (R)

graph $72,759

Mike Huckabee (R)

graph $68,506

Duncan Hunter (R)

graph $26,300

Dennis J. Kucinich (D)

graph $19,051

Tom Tancredo (R)

graph $8,950

Mike Gravel (D)

graph $2,000

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4 Comments:

At 1/17/08, 4:39 PM, Blogger Gail Jonas said...

Thanks, Bonnie. I know about OpenSecrets.org but haven't taken time to go there lately.

Your graphs make it so clear who the candidates have in their hip pockets.

I read at OpenLeft that Edwards is getting less media attention than all the candidates, both Republicans and Democrats. Could it be because he's taking on the corporations?

 
At 1/17/08, 5:35 PM, Blogger chris said...

Great post. So well presented. Very helpful info.

How did you create such swell graphs? Where did you get your data (I didn't see you numbers on the pages linked to your graphs in this post).

I'd like to be able to do the same kind of thing on my own blog: The Democratic Activist.

Technical advice on creating beautiful graphs like the ones you made would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks.

 
At 1/17/08, 8:05 PM, Blogger Weedgardener said...

Hi Chris,

I just copied these graphics from Open Secrets. The links above them should go directly to the graphs, but they don't. When you click on the links, you can see the individual graphs by clicking on "Selected Industries" in the sidebar. You'll see that the copied graphics actually don't look as good as the originals--they're too spread out. But you get the picture.

 
At 1/18/08, 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your graph displays the enormous contributions from the lawyers.

Of course, that's why the Republican-led Department of Justice is so keen on prosecuting the partners of the big Democratic Party-leaning law firms -- they're big donors to the Democratic candidates.

Check out Scott Horton's "No Comment" blog on Harpers.org for several enlightening posts on these prosecutions.

I have not seen any evidence of corresponding prosecutions of Republican law firms.

Your graphs make clear just how dependent on monied interests our system of elections has become.

In fact, the money may well determine the outcomes.

Janie

 

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