Could a Hillary-run benefit the biggest corporate Clinton donors?

Could a Hillary-run benefit the biggest corporate Clinton donors?

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Hillary's getting more explicit about her presidential ambitions, which prompts the question, who are the biggest Clinton donors?

As recently as January Hillary Clinton was definitely "not thinking about running for president." Well stop the presses, people, because now she IS thinking about it. 

But she definitely wasn't thinking about it before. 

In what CNN described as the "worst-kept" political secret in America right now, a Hillary Clinton presidency is an exciting prospect to many. So much so that a number of former deputies and advisers are already raising money and setting up political action committees, or PACs, to see her across the finish line. 

At the same time, she's weighed down with some political baggage: people have already started reviving talk of the Benghazi and Lewinski scandals. On the other hand, she has the biggest lead in most polls, the most expansive donor network, and the excitement of a history-making race as a tailwind.

The Clintons are arguably but quite possibly the best fundraisers in the world. When Hillary ran in 2008 she broke the record for the most a Presidential Candidate ever raised in one quarter. 

By three times

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As you might expect from a candidate based in New York, Hillary's donors are centered a lot in law, high-finance, and the media companies that focus on New York City [Time Warner (TWX); Cablevision (CVC)].

Using data from the Center for Responsive Politics, we built a list of stocks using the companies that gave the most money to Hillary Clinton during her 2008 run. These should not be considered as endorsements, however, because the figure includes all of the money donated by employees, family-members, and associated PACs. 

Keep in mind that there have been two major campaign-finance related cases from the Supreme Court since 2008, which could theoretically open the door for these groups to donate even more. 

Could having the ear of the most powerful woman in the world give these companies a leg up? Use the list below to begin your analysis and let us know what you think in the comments.  

Click on the interactive chart to view data over time. 

1. Citigroup, Inc. (C, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions with a range of financial products and services. Market cap at $148.31B, most recent closing price at $48.98.

Total Donations: $266,160

 

2. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services to diverse clients worldwide. Market cap at $77.79B, most recent closing price at $166.54. 

Total Donations: $234,670

 

3. Time Warner Inc. (TWX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $58.63B, most recent closing price at $65.01.

Total Donations: $154,240

 

4. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides various financial services worldwide. Market cap at $218.31B, most recent closing price at $58.03.

Total Donations: $152,015

 

5. Morgan Stanley (MS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. Market cap at $57.74B, most recent closing price at $30.31.

Total Donations: $148,660

 

6. Corning Inc. (GLW, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Corning Incorporated manufactures and processes specialty glass and ceramics products worldwide. Market cap at $27.3B, most recent closing price at $19.31.

Total Donations: $141,850

 

7. MetLife, Inc. (MET, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs primarily in the United States, Japan, Latin America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. Market cap at $57.9B, most recent closing price at $50.87.

Total Donations: $155,860

(List compiled by James Dennin. Donor list compiled from the Center of Responsive Politics. Figures sourced from 2008.)

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