Liberals lead the way on Super PAC donations

Overtake conservatives on largest contributions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The award to the political donors with the deepest pockets goes to liberals.

So far in 2014 the three largest donors to Super PACs are left leaning. It’s a 180-degree shift from the politics of top donors only two years ago.

Billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer,  former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg and media magnate Fred Eychaner take the top three positions, according to available data compiled by the Sunlight Foundation. Combined they have donated almost $35 million to Democratic congressional campaigns. Steyer easily leads the group with more than $20 million in donations.

Comparably, the largest amount contributed by a single donor to Republican-leaning Super PACs was $4.8 million— by  hedge fund CEO Paul Singer.

View the top donors below:

Graphic courtesy of the Sunlight Foundation

It’s important to note that these totals could change as campaigning increases in the next four months before the midterm elections. Also, the data only includes donations that were reported - many of the large Super PACs such as Crossroads GPS don’t report the identities of their donors at all.

Liberally affiliated groups also lead in the amount of total money raised by PACs. The Senate Majority PAC currently has the most donations for the 2014 cycle with more than $30 million raised, according to Opensecrets data.  The conservative Super PAC American Crossroads, run by affiliates of the Koch brothers, trails with more than $11 million raised, the largest sum for Republicans.

Determining which congressional candidate has received the most campaign contributions is less clear.

In the House, current Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has raised a little more than $15 million in donations. The top five House candidates in primary races with the most donations are all Republican.

In the Senate, the candidate with the most campaign contributions is Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey, with almost $16 million raised. Not far behind him, Democrat New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has raised about $15 million. Eight of the 10 Senate candidates with the largest campaign contributions are Democrats.

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