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Favors owed – our next president

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Our next president will be grateful.  Grateful to those who
underwrote their campaign, and hopefully grateful to a few voters too.

Wall
Street is where  the money is.  Wall Street calls the rest of
us "protectionists" and "isolationists" even as they hold and invest
our money, globalize us, and sell themselves to Chinese and Middle
Eastern governments – through sovereign wealth funds.

Here are the big Wall Street contributors to the leading candidates from data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics:

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D.-N.Y.
Clinton raised $26.6 million in the fourth quarter and nearly $117.7 million through year-end 2007.

Top contributors so far: DLA Piper ($470,150); Goldman Sachs
($407,561); Morgan Stanley ($362,700); Citigroup ($350,895); and Lehman
Brothers ($237,270).

Sen. Barack Obama, D.-Ill.
Obama raised $22.8 million in the fourth quarter and nearly $102.2 million by the end of 2007.

Top contributors so far: Goldman Sachs ($421,763); UBS ($296,670);
Lehman Brothers ($250,630); National Amusements ($245,843); and JP
Morgan Chase ($240,788).

Former Gov. Mitt Romney, R.-Mass.
Romney raised $26.9 million in the fourth quarter and nearly $88.5
million through year-end 2007. The CRP notes that $35.4 million of his
funding has come from his own pocket.

Top contributors so far: Goldman Sachs ($223,925); Merrill Lynch
($163,020); Citigroup ($162,950); Morgan Stanley ($152,050); and Lehman
Brothers ($137,450).

Sen. John McCain, R.-Ariz.
McCain raised $9.7 million in the fourth quarter and $41.1 million as of the end of 2007.

Top contributors so far: Merrill Lynch ($155,950); Citigroup
($153,362); Blank Rome ($143,501); Greenberg Traurig ($130,587); and
Goldman Sachs ($85,252).

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