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Don't Give Up On the Right Just Yet

Before fapping into a lather over the broad field of candidates wearing a "(D)" behind their name, you may want to analyze the groups to whom they're most certainly beholden.
The Washington-based Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group, tracks contributions by selected industries.

In the "hedge fund & private equity" category, the winner to date is Republican Mitt Romney (co-founder of a private equity firm) with $797,325 in contributions.

Nice to know your friends remember you.

Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut is second with $726,950.

Oh, yeah, he's chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.

See, some things in politics do make sense.

Hillary's third with $703,600, suggesting maybe the Clintons didn't sell out quite enough (though 700K is a nice asking price).

Barack Obama and Rudy Giuliani are fourth and fifth, each with more than $640,000.

So I'm betting hedge funds won't suffer no matter who's elected.

Gravel's words ring a tad truer in the "securities and investment" industry.

Front-running Democrats seem to own that crowd (or, maybe, vice versa). Hillary got $3.3 million, Obama $3.1 million.

Rudy and Mitt are right behind with $3 million and $2.9 million.

You know, ya gotta diversify.

In contributions from "health professionals," Hillary (the queen of health-care reform) is out front with $998,851, which has to be disquieting for those hoping she revisits her former issue with gusto.

Romney is second with $829,337 and Obama's third with $701,993.

John Edwards is sixth with $254,297.

In money from "pharmaceuticals/health products," it's Romney first ($277,455), Hillary second ($172,150) and Obama third ($160,572).

Edwards is a dismal 11 of 17, with a paltry $6,758.

(Guess they remember malpractice or personal-injury suits he won.)

Don't weep for Edwards. The North Carolina trial lawyer is remembered well by colleagues. He leads all candidates with $6.5 million from "lawyers/law firms," the biggest single giving group.

Hillary, also a lawyer, is second with $6.2 million. Obama, also a lawyer, is third with $5.5 million.

Oh, and Gravel, not a lawyer, is last with $500 from a Montclair, N.J., firm specializing in employment and civil-rights litigation.

Known for fighting to end the draft in the '70s and releasing the Pentagon Papers on the Senate floor, Gravel has as much chance of being president as he does matching Hillary's money.

But I like the fact that he reminds us all just what it costs to win high office and who's paying the way.
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