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Andrew T. Gillies is Director of Communications at the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of CPAs, in Washington, DC. Based in Washington since 2002, he has also worked in editorial and communications roles at the Investment Company Institute, the World Bank, Forbes, and Vault.com. His policy-themed writing has focused on aerospace and defense, energy and environment, transportation, and financial services.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Voting With Their Wallets

Washington, D.C. -So far in the 2008 election cycle, Barack Obama has pulled in the most dollars from folks working for the 118 companies that make up the Forbes Beltway Index.

Using data from the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group in Washington, D.C., we tallied individual contributions made this year and last, through March 3, for Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Obama.

The Center for Responsive Politics' database, searchable here, tracks individual contributions of $200 or greater, as smaller contributions are not part of the public record. Note also that we did not survey contributions made to political action committees.

By the individual contributions measure, Obama's take adds up to $962,000 from people working at Forbes Beltway Index companies. Clinton and McCain, respectively, show contributions of $771,000 and $525,000.

Full story at Forbes.com