Obama’s top 5 contributors are the University of California, Microsoft, Google, DLA Piper and Harvard University. Romney’s top 5 contributors are Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America & Credit Suisse.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 7, 2012
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Follow the Obama Money & Rmoney.

Sick of all those fundraising emails in your inbox? Whether liberal or conservative, remember: small donations from citizens are far better for democracy than a $10 million check from a Koch Brother, or any one donor. The power of the people should be equal: one vote.

As for the title: “Obama’s top 5 contributors are the University of California, Microsoft, Google, DLA Piper and Harvard University. Romney’s top 5 contributors are Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America & Credit Suisse.”

I recently read an article that the Obama campaign is struggling this time ’round to get Wall Street donations because of Obama’s (too mild) new regulations following our national, Wall Street-leveraged financial collapse. Romney has no such problem.

Liberals ought to be too savvy to make perfect the enemy of the good. This is politics, and Obama has done much with litter fair weather liberal support.


Click here for more info, source, discussion.


Bonus: from President Obama’s recent, landmark Reddit AMA, where he called out Citizens United and suggested a constitutional amendment:

What are you going to do to end the corrupting influence of money in politics during your second term?


[–]PresidentObamaObama[S] 2443 points ago

Money has always been a factor in politics, but we are seeing something new in the no-holds barred flow of seven and eight figure checks, most undisclosed, into super-PACs; they fundamentally threaten to overwhelm the political process over the long run and drown out the voices of ordinary citizens. We need to start with passing the Disclose Act that is already written and been sponsored in Congress – to at least force disclosure of who is giving to who. We should also pass legislation prohibiting the bundling of campaign contributions from lobbyists. Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United (assuming the Supreme Court doesn’t revisit it). Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change.


Also, check this out: five of the top six SuperPacs are pro-Romney, anti-O. Also, Sage, if you’re reading this, check the average size of donations and the spread. Click link for much more than this:

Finally, Mitt’s top “three” (really, two) donors dwarf Obama’s biggest donors, by farrr:

  • Bob J. Perry
    Houston homebuilder who was a major financier of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004.
  • $5.0m
    Sheldon Adelson
    Billionaire casino owner and Newt Gingrich’s longtime friend and patron.
  • $5.0m
    Miriam Adelson
    Physician; wife of Sheldon Adelson.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


9 Responses to “Obama’s top 5 contributors are the University of California, Microsoft, Google, DLA Piper and Harvard University. Romney’s top 5 contributors are Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America & Credit Suisse.”

  1. edieyoga says:

    Informative: thank you!

  2. You would think the banks would give Obama more after he bailed them out.

  3. Bob says:

    Top Obama donors in 2008:

    I see some banks in there…some cable companies seeking favor to engage in a critical mergers…

    The banks always follow whomever they perceive to be in the best position to win. You can't be that naive.

  4. Mr.Science says:

    This doesn't tell much of the story as far as campaign finance is concerned.
    One curious thing is that if you look at 2008 you will find Goldman, Citigroup and JP Morgan in the top seven for Obama's campaign. (google away, takes one minute). Why is it that the Hope and Change guy was so heavily supported by the big banks? Why did they change their tune this time around, especially since Obama put together a nearly all Wall Street cabinet?
    Second, does anyone remember when the regulations changed and super-pac's came on scene? Anyone… Anyone. . . Bueller?
    That's right, during the Clinton administration.
    Thanks to the innertubes, recent history is right there for us. The two major parties have been moving in the same direction for at least the last forty years. It is one party. There is just enough superficial difference so that the people can have the illusion of participation and "throw the bums out" every 2-8 years (depending on the election cycle)
    The level of this confusion can be clearly seen by the fact that a web journal based on "the mindful life" is rabidly promoting a candidate who clearly supports war and assassination. (but hey at least he is pro gay marriage?!!?)
    At what point to we as people say, "enough already" or even better to quote 'Network': I'm Mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore'

  5. Mr.Science says:

    Romney will attack Iran, Obama will attack Iran. (Or at least support Israel in the endeavor) Look for it around December or January, no matter who wins.
    We have to withdraw support for the war machine. That means no Obama and no Romney. If you must vote, and have your one in 350 Million say in who rules you next, then at least vote Gary Johnson or the Green party(forgot her name).Though in my view this just legitmates a the sham.
    But drum beating for the Republicrat war machine is sealing our fate.
    If we want real change, we have to wake up to how dire the situation is. Neither major candidate will fix the economy or stop the wars. Both will support the destuction of the constitution via draconian laws like the NDAA(for your safety). This won't get any better until we completely stop complying with a system that is progressively enslaving us.
    There are far more of us than there are of them. (the 99% canard) Move your money, withdraw your support. Don't be fooled by Barack Obamney and Mitt Rombama. They are basically the same.

  6. Mark Ledbetter says:

    "Winston Science" nails it. The two parties have not really given us a choice since the end of WWII, in other words, since America irrevocably chose to the police the world. Since then, both major parties have supported war. Both have supported business-govt collusion and sky high spending. And, for good measure, both have supported the American Gulag (jailing millions for victimless crimes).

    How do the major parties differ? Two related ways. They each confirm a different cultural identity (good strategy since culture defines 'our side,' whichever it is, and of course we want our side on top) and they each excite our passions over minor issues such as gay marriage and relatively minor issues such as abortion. Don't misunderstand me. The right to marry anyone and the right to abortion are important but compared to war, govt-business collusion, and unjust incarceration they are minor.

    Fortunately, you can make a statement, as Mr. S points out. Gary Johnson is on the ballot in 50 states and the Green Party (who agree with the G.J.'s Libertarian Party on the most important issue: war) is on the ballot in 30 states.

  7. Jill Stein! woohoo! says:

    Jill Stein! woohoo! But if Johnson looks like he has a chance, I'll vote for him by the very simple virtue that he is outside the "evils" frame, even though I don't buy the libertarian 'less regulation is better legislation' line. What I find most interesting about this and the last several elections is that dems and republicans talk as if dems=greens and republican=libertarian, when these two major parties do the same mongering and feed the same mongrels.

  8. Hey Waylon, how do you feel about these comments?

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