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See How Much Money Warren Buffett, Dana White and 35 Other CEOs Are Pouring Into the Election

·16 min read
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EDITORIAL IMAGE - PREMIERMandatory Credit: Photo by David Zalubowski/AP/Shutterstock (10563754u)R m.

The November election could prove to be one of the most controversial ever when it comes to the American presidency. President Donald Trump is already sounding off that the election is ripe for fraud, with him questioning the reliability of mail-in ballots. Worth noting is that on a national basis, Trump trails in the polls a week before Election Day. In the event trends continue and Democratic nominee Joe Biden wins the election, Trump is setting the stage to contest his defeat, unless the results are resounding.

In this environment, many noted CEOs and other wealthy corporate executives are supporting candidates and causes with significant amounts of money. To unearth the identities of the biggest donors, GOBankingRates analyzed data from the Federal Election Commission to tally up the amounts donated by prominent corporate figures to various political causes. Results have been presented in reverse order, with the largest donor revealed last.

Both Republicans and Democrats are represented on the list, which includes prominent names such as Warren Buffett, Dana White, George Soros and Michael Bloomberg. The top donor? A CEO who has given more than $52 million to his chosen candidates and causes. See which company leaders are giving the most.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Nati Harnik/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9665074y)Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Nati Harnik/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9665074y)Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett.

Warren Buffett

  • Position: Chairman and CEO

  • Company Name: Berkshire Hathaway

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $254,100

  • Donated to: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

  • Insights: Though Warren Buffett is one of the most well-known CEOs on this list, he donated the smallest amount to the election, with just over $250,000 going to the DCCC. Buffett?s company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns numerous brands such as Fruit of the Loom, GEICO, Dairy Queen and Duracell.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 5, 2012: HP president and chief executive officer Meg Whitman delivers an address to HP Discover 2012 conference on June 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 5, 2012: HP president and chief executive officer Meg Whitman delivers an address to HP Discover 2012 conference on June 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

Meg Whitman

  • Position: CEO

  • Company Name: Quibi

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $518,200

  • Donated to: Biden Victory Fund

  • Insights: Meg Whitman is the billionaire CEO of Quibi, but she perhaps is best known for her work as the CEO of eBay (1998 to 2008) and Hewlett-Packard (2011 to 2015). Whitman has thrown some of her plentiful capital in the Democrats? direction, contributing just over half a million dollars to the Biden Victory Fund.

EDITORIAL IMAGE - PREMIERMandatory Credit: Photo by Andy Rain/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (9435850a)Founder and Chairman of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation Joe Kiani delivers a speech at the annual Patient Safety summit in London, Britain, 23 February 2018.
EDITORIAL IMAGE - PREMIERMandatory Credit: Photo by Andy Rain/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (9435850a)Founder and Chairman of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation Joe Kiani delivers a speech at the annual Patient Safety summit in London, Britain, 23 February 2018.

Joe Kiani

  • Position: CEO

  • Company Name: Masimo Corp.

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $572,600

  • Donated to: Biden Victory Fund, American Bridge 21st Century PAC

  • Insights: Joe Kiani is the founder, chairman and CEO of Masimo Corp., a global medical technology company. Kiani favors left-leaning candidates, contributing nearly $600,000 to the Biden Victory Fund and the liberal AB PAC.

Photo by Tiago Petinga/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Twilio Founder and Ceo Jeff Lawson During the Second Day of the Web Summit in Lisbon Portugal 08 November 2016 the Web Summit Runs From 07 Until 10 November 2016 Portugal LisbonPortugal Web Summit - Nov 2016.
Photo by Tiago Petinga/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Twilio Founder and Ceo Jeff Lawson During the Second Day of the Web Summit in Lisbon Portugal 08 November 2016 the Web Summit Runs From 07 Until 10 November 2016 Portugal LisbonPortugal Web Summit - Nov 2016.

Jeff Lawson

  • Position: CEO

  • Company Name: Twilio, Inc.

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $632,360

  • Donated to: Biden Victory Fund

  • Insights: In addition to being the CEO, Jeff Lawson is the co-founder of cloud communications platform Twilio, which adds video, messaging and voice to mobile and web apps. He?s also an active supporter of Democratic causes, contributing more than $600,000 to the Biden Victory Fund.

Downtown Buffalo skyline along the historic waterfront district.
Downtown Buffalo skyline along the historic waterfront district.

Stephen Rosenberg

  • Position: Founder and CEO

  • Company Name: Greystone & Co.

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $721,200

  • Donated to: Trump Victory, RNC

  • Insights: Stephen Rosenberg is another prominent Trump supporter as the two have rubbed elbows in the domestic real estate space. Rosenberg?s company, Greystone & Co., provides various real estate services throughout the United States.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kathy Willens/AP/Shutterstock (5962621al)James Dolan Madison Square Garden Chairman and Cablevision CEO James Dolan smiles as he is introduced during a press conference announcing that plans for a long-sough overhaul of Pennsylvania Station will be restarted, in New YorkPennsylvania Station Overhaul, New York, USA.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kathy Willens/AP/Shutterstock (5962621al)James Dolan Madison Square Garden Chairman and Cablevision CEO James Dolan smiles as he is introduced during a press conference announcing that plans for a long-sough overhaul of Pennsylvania Station will be restarted, in New YorkPennsylvania Station Overhaul, New York, USA.

James Dolan

  • Position: Chairman and owner

  • Company Name: MSG, New York Knicks

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $724,000

  • Donated to: Trump Victory, Republican National Committee

  • Insights: James Dolan is the first major Republican donor on the list, kicking in nearly $750,000 to the Trump Victory fund and the RNC. He?s also the owner of trophy properties that include Madison Square Garden and the New York Knicks.

Barry Diller
Barry Diller

Barry Diller

  • Position: CEO

  • Company Name: IAC

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $760,720

  • Donated to: Biden Victory Fund and others

  • Insights: Barry Diller is one of the more well-known CEOs on the list. In addition to manning internet and media giant IAC, he?s the chairman of travel provider Expedia. Previously, Diller was an entertainment-industry executive, helping to launch such beloved shows as ?Cheers? and ?The Simpsons.?

Miner working a jackhammer in a coal mine.
Miner working a jackhammer in a coal mine.

Joseph W. Craft

  • Position: President and CEO

  • Company Name: Alliance Resource Partners

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $892,267

  • Donated to: Trump Victory, RNC

  • Insights: Joseph W. Craft leads a company that produces coal, so it?s perhaps understandable that he?s a Republican contributor. He?s pumped almost $900,000 into the coffers of the Trump Victory fund and the RNC.

EDITORIAL IMAGE - PREMIER Mandatory Credit: Photo by Vesa Moilanen/Shutterstock (9252263r)Mark Pincus from Zynga during Slush 2017 startup and technology event in HelsinkiPrince William visit to Finland - 30 Nov 2017.
EDITORIAL IMAGE - PREMIER Mandatory Credit: Photo by Vesa Moilanen/Shutterstock (9252263r)Mark Pincus from Zynga during Slush 2017 startup and technology event in HelsinkiPrince William visit to Finland - 30 Nov 2017.

Mark Pincus

  • Position: Chairman of the Board and founder

  • Company Name: Zynga

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $949,872

  • Donated to: Biden Victory Fund, Senate Majority PAC

  • Insights: The co-founder of online gaming company Zynga is a blue supporter, contributing nearly $1 million to left-leaning causes such as the Senate Majority PAC, or SMP. Zynga is the parent company to such popular games as Farmville, Mafia Wars and Words With Friends.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Patrick Lewis/Starpix/Shutterstock (6035097ay)Chris SaccaThe Paley Center For Media Presents Shark Tank: Pursuing The American Dream In Prime Time, New York, USA - 28 Sep 2016.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Patrick Lewis/Starpix/Shutterstock (6035097ay)Chris SaccaThe Paley Center For Media Presents Shark Tank: Pursuing The American Dream In Prime Time, New York, USA - 28 Sep 2016.

Chris Sacca

  • Position: Founder

  • Company Name: Lowercase Capital

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $1 million

  • Donated to: Biden Victory Fund, Fair Fight

  • Insights: Chris Sacca used his investment firm Lowercase Capital to make prescient early bets into such companies as Twilio, Uber and Twitter, helping to turn himself into a billionaire. He?s an outspoken opponent of President Trump and has contributed more than $900,000 to Joe Biden and to Fair Fight, a voter advocacy group.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Evan Vucci/AP/Shutterstock (10562777v)Donald Trump, Dana White.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Evan Vucci/AP/Shutterstock (10562777v)Donald Trump, Dana White.

Dana White

  • Position: Founder and CEO

  • Company Name: UFC

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $1.01 million

  • Donated to: America First Action, Inc.

  • Insights: The founder and CEO of the Ultimate Fighting Championship reportedly fled Boston for Las Vegas after incurring a $2,500 debt to notorious gangster Whitey Bulger. In his new home city, he launched a career managing fighters.

Oil Field sunset
Oil Field sunset

James G. Slaughter

  • Position: Chairman of the Board, CEO emeritus

  • Company Name: S&B Engineers and Constructors

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $1.06 million

  • Donated to: Trump Victory, RNC

  • Insights: S&B Engineers and Constructors operates mining, oil and gas, and construction businesses based in Houston. The chairman of the board, James G. Slaughter, is a Republican booster ? to the tune of more than $1 million in 2019-20.

examining of test sample under the microscope in laboratory
examining of test sample under the microscope in laboratory

Barrett Toan

  • Position: Chairman

  • Company Name: Sigma-Aldrich Corp.

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $1.1 million

  • Donated to: Biden Victory Fund, SMP, DCCC

  • Insights: Sigma-Aldrich Corp. is a life sciences and biotechnology company. Its chairman, Barrett Toan, is a prominent Democratic donor, sending more than $1 million over the past year to Joe Biden and various Democratic organizations.

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EDITORIAL IMAGE - PREMIER Mandatory Credit: Photo by Nati Harnik/AP/Shutterstock (6115091b)Joe Ricketts Joe Ricketts, father of Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts sits in the audience prior to a debate between his son and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chuck Hassebrook, in Lincoln, NebGovernor Debate Nebraska, Lincoln, USA.
EDITORIAL IMAGE - PREMIER Mandatory Credit: Photo by Nati Harnik/AP/Shutterstock (6115091b)Joe Ricketts Joe Ricketts, father of Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts sits in the audience prior to a debate between his son and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chuck Hassebrook, in Lincoln, NebGovernor Debate Nebraska, Lincoln, USA.

J. Joe Ricketts

  • Position: Founder

  • Company Name: TD Ameritrade

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $1.32 million

  • Donated to: Trump Victory, RNC

  • Insights: J. Joe Ricketts founded online brokerage Ameritrade in the 1970s and, after the acquisition of TD Waterhouse, ultimately ended up as the chairman of the combined entity TD Ameritrade. He remains the largest single shareholder with a 7% stake. He?s also an investor in High Plains Bison and Jackson Fork Lodge in Wyoming. He?s used some of his great wealth to support President Trump and other Republican causes.

EDITORIAL IMAGE - PREMIER Mandatory Credit: Photo by AP/Shutterstock (8283181b)Isaac Perlmutter, Ike Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter, an Israeli-American billionaire, and the CEO of Marvel, walks down the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in MdTrump, Andrews Air Force Base, USA - 06 Feb 2017.
EDITORIAL IMAGE - PREMIER Mandatory Credit: Photo by AP/Shutterstock (8283181b)Isaac Perlmutter, Ike Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter, an Israeli-American billionaire, and the CEO of Marvel, walks down the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in MdTrump, Andrews Air Force Base, USA - 06 Feb 2017.

Isaac Perlmutter

  • Position: Chairman

  • Company Name: Marvel Entertainment

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $1.33 million

  • Donated to: Trump Victory, RNC

  • Insights: It?s hard to imagine red-hot Marvel Entertainment being a bankrupt company, but it was exactly that in 1998 when Isaac ?Ike? Perlmutter took control of the business. He sold much of his stock in 2009 for a whopping $4 billion. In addition to contributing more than $50 million to cancer research, he has sent in excess of $1.3 million to Donald Trump and the RNC over the past year.

EDITORIAL IMAGE - PREMIERMandatory Credit: Photo by Pedro Fiuza/Sipa/Shutterstock (9212716bo)Asana Co-Founder & CEO Dustin MoskovitzWeb Summit day 3, Lisbon, Portugal - 08 Nov 2017.
EDITORIAL IMAGE - PREMIERMandatory Credit: Photo by Pedro Fiuza/Sipa/Shutterstock (9212716bo)Asana Co-Founder & CEO Dustin MoskovitzWeb Summit day 3, Lisbon, Portugal - 08 Nov 2017.

Dustin Moskovitz

  • Position: Co-founder

  • Company Name: Facebook

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $1.6 million

  • Donated to: Biden Victory Fund, Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund, Democratic National Committee

  • Insights: Dustin Moskovitz is one of the founders of Facebook and enjoys a net worth in the neighborhood of $16 billion. He?s used some of his vast wealth to support Democratic candidates and causes in addition to a wide variety of philanthropic endeavors.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21, 2018: Laurene Powell Jobs attends OZY Fest in Central Park on July 21, 2018, in New York.
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21, 2018: Laurene Powell Jobs attends OZY Fest in Central Park on July 21, 2018, in New York.

Laurene Powell Jobs

  • Position: Founder and president

  • Company Name: Emerson Collective

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $1.62 million

  • Donated to: Biden Victory Fund, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

  • Insights: Laurene Powell Jobs inherited much of her wealth from her late husband, Steve Jobs, the legendary co-founder of Apple. She?s put her money to good use, launching the Emerson Collective Foundation with a $1.2 billion donation. She also owns a portion of the NHL?s Washington Capitals and the NBA?s Washington Wizards.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Brandon Wade/AP/Shutterstock (9635647p)Ross Perot Jr, Maria Bartiromo.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Brandon Wade/AP/Shutterstock (9635647p)Ross Perot Jr, Maria Bartiromo.

H. Ross Perot Jr.

  • Position: Chairman

  • Company Name: The Perot Group, Hillwood

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $1.71 million

  • Donated to: National Republican Senatorial Committee, Trump Victory

  • Insights: Ross Perot Jr. is the son of former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot. Perot Jr. borrowed money from his father to help fund his real estate empire. His company, Hillwood, develops industrial, commercial and residential real estate. Perot Jr. is a supporter of the Trump Victory campaign and other Republican causes, contributing more than $1.7 million over the past year.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by M Spencer Green/AP/Shutterstock (6147771n)Adnrew Hauptman Chicago Fire Soccer Club owner Andrew Hauptman, speaks at a news conference after introducing Frank Yallop as the team's new head coach, in ChicagoMLS Fire Yallop Soccer, Chicago, USA.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by M Spencer Green/AP/Shutterstock (6147771n)Adnrew Hauptman Chicago Fire Soccer Club owner Andrew Hauptman, speaks at a news conference after introducing Frank Yallop as the team's new head coach, in ChicagoMLS Fire Yallop Soccer, Chicago, USA.

Andrew Hauptman

  • Position: Chairman

  • Company Name: Andell Inc.

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $2.33 million

  • Donated to: Biden Victory Fund, SMP, DCCC

  • Insights: Andrew Hauptman?s Andell Inc. is an investment management firm based in the Los Angeles area. Hauptman, the company chairman, is a prominent Democratic supporter, with $2 million-plus contributed over the 2019-20 period.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Lenny Ignelzi/AP/Shutterstock (6502010a)AUGUST BUSCH III August A.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Lenny Ignelzi/AP/Shutterstock (6502010a)AUGUST BUSCH III August A.

August A. Busch III

  • Position: Former chairman

  • Company Name: Anheuser-Busch

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $2.82 million

  • Donated to: Trump Victory, Take Back the House 2020

  • Insights: August A. Busch III is part of a long line of Busch family beer makers. Patriarch Adolphus Busch brewed the first batch of Budweiser back in 1876. The Busch family as a whole has a net worth in excess of $13 billion.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock (10530512ae)Jeffrey Katzenberg arrives at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall, in Los Angeles26th Annual SAG Awards - Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Jan 2020.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock (10530512ae)Jeffrey Katzenberg arrives at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall, in Los Angeles26th Annual SAG Awards - Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Jan 2020.

Jeffrey Katzenberg

  • Position: Founder; Co-founder, former CEO

  • Company Name: Quibi; DreamWorks Animation

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $3.07 million

  • Donated to: Biden Victory Fund, SMP, DCCC, The Lincoln Project

  • Insights: Jeffrey Katzenberg is a well-known movie mogul who helped created Dreamworks Animation with his powerful friends Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. Katzenberg was a high-profile supporter of former President Barack Obama and maintains his devotion to Democratic causes, contributing millions of dollars over just the past year.

Best Western hotel under the blue sky in Colorado Springs
Best Western hotel under the blue sky in Colorado Springs

Stewart Bainum Jr.

  • Position: Chairman

  • Company Name: Choice Hotels

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $3.1 million

  • Donated to: Unite the Country, Biden Victory Fund, DCCC, Democratic State Central Committee of Maryland

  • Insights: Stewart Bainum Jr. has been associated with Choice Hotels since 1976 and has ridden the chain?s growth to tremendous personal wealth. From 1979 to 1987, he also served as a ?fiscal-minded Democrat? in the Maryland General Assembly, so it might come as no surprise that he?s spent more than $3 million of his personal funds over the past year to support Joe Biden and the Democrats.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by John L Mone/AP/Shutterstock (7448795b)Energy Transfer CEO Kelcy Warren poses for a portrait after an Associated Press interview, in Dallas.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by John L Mone/AP/Shutterstock (7448795b)Energy Transfer CEO Kelcy Warren poses for a portrait after an Associated Press interview, in Dallas.

Kelcy Warren

  • Position: Chairman and CEO

  • Company Name: Energy Transfer Partners

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $4 million

  • Donated to: Take Back the House 2020, Trump Victory

  • Insights: Kelcy Warren co-founded pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners in 1995. His company benefited from an executive order from President Trump to build the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline in 2017, so it stands to reason that Warren is among Trump?s biggest supporters.

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S. Daniel Abraham

  • Position: Founder

  • Company Name: SlimFast

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $4.83 million

  • Donated to: AB PAC, Biden Victory Fund, SMP, House Majority PAC

  • Insights: The founder of SlimFast, S. Daniel Abraham has helped to make waistlines around the country smaller, but he?s also fattened the bank accounts of various Democratic causes to the tune of nearly $5 million in the past year. Abraham also used part of his $2 billion net worth to donate $3 million to presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Debby Wong/Shutterstock (7903469o)Jeff Skoll'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power' film premiere, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, USA - 19 Jan 2017.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Debby Wong/Shutterstock (7903469o)Jeff Skoll'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power' film premiere, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, USA - 19 Jan 2017.

Jeff Skoll

  • Position: Founder and chairman

  • Company Name: Capricorn Investment Group

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $5.14 million

  • Donated to: SMP, Priorities USA Action, Biden Victory Fund

  • Insights: Jeff Skoll was eBay?s first full-time hire, becoming its president in 1995. In addition to contributing significant sums to the Biden Victory Fund and other Democratic pursuits, Skoll has used some of his more than $5 billion in personal wealth for humanitarian causes, such as the $100 million he donated to his foundation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kevin Wolf/AP/Shutterstock (10494432d)Stephen Wynn, Andrea Wynn.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kevin Wolf/AP/Shutterstock (10494432d)Stephen Wynn, Andrea Wynn.

Stephen Wynn

  • Position: Founder and former CEO

  • Company Name: Wynn Resorts

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $6.12 million

  • Donated to: American Crossroads, Trump Victory, RNC, Senate Leadership Fund

  • Insights: Steve Wynn is a legend in Las Vegas, where he operated several notable hotels before building Wynn Las Vegas. The mogul sold his stake in casinos from Vegas to Macau, China, in 2018 and has used some of the proceeds to support the Trump Victory campaign.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Louis Lanzano/AP/Shutterstock (6488570a)SCHWAB SCHWARZ Charles R.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Louis Lanzano/AP/Shutterstock (6488570a)SCHWAB SCHWARZ Charles R.

Charles R. Schwab

  • Position: Founder and Chairman

  • Company Name: Charles Schwab Corp.

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $6.65 million

  • Donated to: Senate Leadership Fund, Congressional Leadership Fund, Defend the Senate, RNC

  • Insights: Charles Schwab, both the man and his namesake brokerage firm, are well-known for pushing investment commissions lower. The former CEO donates not just to right-leaning causes but also toward research into learning differences.

smartphone, stock chart, stocks
smartphone, stock chart, stocks

Kenneth Griffin

  • Position: Founder and CEO

  • Company Name: Citadel

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $7.3 million

  • Donated to: Congressional Leadership Fund, NRSC

  • Insights: Kenneth Griffin is another hedge fund manager with a lot of money to put toward political causes ? in this case, more than $7 million to right-leaning organizations. Griffin, who began trading in his dorm room at Harvard in 1987, has donated more than $1 billion in his lifetime, including over $300 million to various nonprofit organizations in Chicago, where Citadel has its headquarters.

No New York or New Jersey newspapers or newspapers within a 75 mile radius of New York City.
No New York or New Jersey newspapers or newspapers within a 75 mile radius of New York City.

Connie Ballmer

  • Position: Co-founder

  • Company Name: Ballmer Group

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $7.55 million

  • Donated to: Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund, Unite the Country, DCCC, Biden for President

  • Insights: The wife of tech wizard Steve Ballmer, Connie Ballmer is the top-ranked female donor on the list, sending more than $7.5 million toward blue causes such as Unite the Country and Biden for President. Her Ballmer Group uses philanthropy and civic activism to assist the economic mobility of disadvantaged families.

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family watching on new television

Fred Eychaner

  • Position: President

  • Company Name: Newsweb Corp.

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $9.46 million

  • Donated to: SMP, House Majority PAC, Biden Victory Fund, DSCC

  • Insights: Fred Eychaner has been a frequent Democratic donor through the years, putting up $2 million for the Hillary Clinton campaign and posting nearly $10 million to the Biden Victory Fund and others in 2019-20. Eychaner founded his media enterprise, Newsweb Corp., in 1971.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ronald Zak/AP/Shutterstock (10318654b)George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations, looks before the Joseph A.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ronald Zak/AP/Shutterstock (10318654b)George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations, looks before the Joseph A.

George Soros

  • Position: Chairman

  • Company Name: Soros Fund Management

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $9.96 million

  • Donated to: Democracy PAC, Justice & Public Safety PAC, Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund, Biden Victory Fund

  • Insights: George Soros is a controversial and outspoken figure who solidly opposes Donald Trump. After famously earning $1 billion by shorting the British pound and ?breaking the Bank of England? in 1992, the Hungarian American investor continued to manage client money until 2011. He now has a net worth in excess of $8 billion.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jason Decrow/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9211332b)From Left, Dr.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jason Decrow/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9211332b)From Left, Dr.

James Simons

  • Position: Founder

  • Company Name: Renaissance Technologies

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $10.24 million

  • Donated to: Unite the Country, House Majority PAC, Priorities USA Action, Biden Victory Fund, DSCC

  • Insights: James Simons is the first contributor on the list to donate more than $10 million to a side in the upcoming election. In the case of Simons, his donations land squarely on the blue side, favoring Democrats. A noted mathematician, Simons amassed his wealth as the founder of hedge fund Renaissance Technologies.

billionaire Michael Bloomberg
billionaire Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

  • Position: CEO

  • Company Name: Bloomberg L.P.

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $14.43 million

  • Donated to: House Majority PAC, Swing Left, DNC

  • Insights: Michael Bloomberg is the CEO of Bloomberg L.P. but probably is more recognizable for his political career. After serving as the mayor of New York City, Bloomberg made a short-lived presidential bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Now on the sidelines, he remains a strong Democratic supporter.

CEO of Blackstone Group Stephen SchwarzmannStephen Schwarzman at the Oxford Union, UK - 01 Nov 2016.
CEO of Blackstone Group Stephen SchwarzmannStephen Schwarzman at the Oxford Union, UK - 01 Nov 2016.

Stephen Schwarzman

  • Position: Chairman and CEO

  • Company Name: The Blackstone Group

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $18.42 million

  • Donated to: Senate Leadership Fund, America First Action Inc., Congressional Leadership Fund, 1820 PAC, Trump Victory

  • Insights: Stephen Schwarzman is one of the most generous Republican donors, pumping in million dollars to foundations such as the Trump Victory fund. Personally worth more than $18 billion, Schwarzman co-founded investment firm Blackstone, which is now the largest buyout firm in the world.

Sheldon Adelson CEO Las Vegas Sands net worth
Sheldon Adelson CEO Las Vegas Sands net worth

Sheldon Adelson

  • Position: CEO

  • Company Name: Las Vegas Sands Corp.

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $26.82 million

  • Donated to: Senate Leadership Fund, Trump Victory, Security is Strength PAC, NRSC, RNC

  • Insights: Sheldon Adelson has a personal net worth north of $30 billion thanks to his huge ownership stake in Las Vegas Sands Corp., which has properties in Las Vegas, Singapore and Macau. China. In addition to being a major contributor to Jewish causes, Adelson is a strong Trump supporter.

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client and advisor discussing investments

Donald Sussman

  • Position: Founder

  • Company Name: Paloma Partners Advisors

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $24.17 million

  • Donated to: Priorities USA Action, House Majority PAC, SMP, Women Vote!, Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund, DCCC

  • Insights: Donald Sussman is the largest contributor on the list to liberal causes, kicking in over $24 million in just the past year. The philanthropist and avid sailor has made a fortune in investments via his Paloma Partners Advisors.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by TANNEN MAURY/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10406968a)An aerial photo from a drone show the corporate headquarters of Uline, a privately owned company that sells shipping supplies, janitorial materials, safety products, warehouse equipment and more throughout North America, in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, USA, 10 September 2019.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by TANNEN MAURY/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10406968a)An aerial photo from a drone show the corporate headquarters of Uline, a privately owned company that sells shipping supplies, janitorial materials, safety products, warehouse equipment and more throughout North America, in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, USA, 10 September 2019.

Richard Uihlein

  • Position: CEO and co-owner

  • Company Name: Uline

  • Amount donated in 2019-2020: $52.69 million

  • Donated to: Club for Growth, Restoration PAC, Americas PAC, America First Action Inc., House Freedom Action

  • Insights: Richard Uihlein is the largest contributor on GOBankingRate?s list, outspending the No. 2 donor by more than $28 million. Run by the Uihlein family, Uline is a successful moving and supply company, offering everything from bubble wrap to the dog waste disposal stations seen in parks. The company also owns The Lodge at Manitowish Waters, a luxurious but rustic hotel in Wisconsin.

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Methodology: GOBankingRates used Federal Election Commission (FEC) data to discover which CEOs are pouring their money into the 2020 election season. With the parameter in mind that an individual had to be a CEO, Executive, President or Chairman of a company to be considered, GOBankingRates used the FEC?s data to collect the following information on the CEOs donating to political causes: (1) name of contributor; (2) job/position; (3) name of company/employer; (4) total donated from 2019 through 2020 to FEC reporting political groups/candidates; and (5) a list of major groups/candidates donated to. Only groups/candidates that must report data to the FEC were included in this study. Vox?s ?Silicon Valley pours money into Biden?s campaign ? and snubs Trump?s? was used to jump-start the sourcing of CEOs. All data was collected on and up to date as of Oct. 26, 2020.

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