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Lawyers aren’t alone in coughing up lots of campaign cash

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A few weeks ago I pointed out that lawyers and law firms gave the largest slice of the $150 million pie of campaign contributions collected by our current crop of presidential candidates in the first three months of this year.

“Why pick on lawyers?” folks asked. Here’s why: They give boatloads of money to candidates.

In every election cycle since 1990, lawyers and law firms have ranked first among more than 80 industries in ponying up campaign contributions to congressional and presidential candidates. In the 2006 election cycle, they were second. That’s according to Federal Election Commission filings aggregated by the Center for Responsive Politics. An election cycle covers two years.

During those 16 years, lawyers and law firms gave more than $780 million to federal candidates, more than any other industry. Holy habeus corpus, Batman! See who else gives big.

Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

May 10, 2007 at 3:30 pm

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