There’s a great list of Super PAC contributors at this site. Super PACs are the new rage for funding campaigns since the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision eliminated many barriers to funding politicians.
* Romney’s Super PAC received, by far, the most at $30.2M. Financial industry is heavily represented.
* Obama’s Super PAC has $4.4M. The biggest contributor is Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks.
* Newt’s had $2.2M, but that may be old data because of recent news about hotel and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson giving $10M.
* Stephen Colbert’s “super PAC” Americans for a Better Tomorrow was a spoof but raised over $1 million. (I wish I could raise a million with a spoof). His Super PAC advertised in favor of Herman Cain in South Carolina.
Most troubling to me is the financial industry domination of the process. Obama refused to move the currency manipulation bill after being elected because of financial industry pressure, in my opinion. Romney has said good things on China, though he said bad things about the currency manipulation bill (HR 639), but I an concerned about his financial industry backers nullifying action later.
We have to continue building the constituency to demand change, regardless of who wins.