New campaign finance data — covering both the Congressional and Presidential races — is now available from the Center for Responsive Politics. Here are some of the highlights:
Barack Obama and John McCain’s top contributing industries look awfully similar . . .
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has given the most money to other candidates and lawmakers through his leadership PAC or candidate committee, according to our updated candidate-to-candidate section. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who’s in a tight re-election battle, collected the most from other lawmakers at nearly $351,900.
The percentage of money coming from donors giving $200 or less to Barack Obama’s presidential bid has increased by two points, from 45 percent to 47 percent, according to our updated presidential donor demographics page. We’ve also updated our donor demographics pages for members of Congress.
The National Association of Realtors’s PAC has given more money to candidates than any other PAC so far this election cycle, according to our updated PAC database. The group has given $2.3 million so far, 59 percent of which has gone to Democrats. Sixteen of the top 20 PACs have favored Democrats with their contributions. We’ve also updated contributions from PACs to individual members of Congress.