Hope and Spare Change: Obama vs. McCain in Campaign Cash

What do AT&T, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch have in common? The presidential candidate they backed.

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Below, the top corporate donors in the ’08 presidential race.

Barack Obama

Goldman Sachs $994,795

Microsoft $833,617

Google $803,436

Citigroup $701,290

JPMorgan Chase $695,132

Time Warner $590,084

Sidley Austin $588,598
(Chicago law firm where
Barack and Michelle met)

National Amusements (theater chain) $551,683

UBS $543,219

WilmerHale (law firm) $542,618

John McCain

Merrill Lynch $373,595

Citigroup $322,051

Morgan Stanley $273,452

Goldman Sachs $230,095

JPMorgan Chase $228,107

AT&T $201,438

Wachovia $195,063

UBS $192,493

Credit Suisse $183,353

PricewaterhouseCoopers $167,900

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