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A version of this story first appeared in the April 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Hillary Clinton’s haul from financial sector (securities, investment and commercial banks) employees dwarfs that of her presidential competitors as of April 1, according to a tally from Open Secrets, a nonprofit group run by the Center for Responsive Politics that tracks political donations (though even self-declared democratic socialist Bernie Sanders has drawn from the Wall Street pot). Not reflected in the totals below are the big-money donations that go to liberal or conservative PACs or organizations rather than to the candidates themselves.
Billionaire investor George Soros, for example, gave $8 million to liberal organizations this election cycle, while Michael Bloomberg has donated $5.5 million, and Haim Saban has given $5 million. For right-leaning groups, former Univision CEO Jerry Perenchio, now of Chartwell Partners, has given $4.7 million, while Richard Kinder of Kinder Morgan gave $2.1 million, TD Ameritrade founder John “Joe” Ricketts gave $7 million and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, an early Facebook investor who now runs Thiel Capital, gave $2 million.
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