Top Contributors to Barack Obama | OpenSecrets To Contributors to Obama's 2008 campaign, OR WERE THEY? University of California $1,591,395 Goldman Sachs $994,795 Harvard University $854,747 Microsoft Corp $833,617 Google Inc $803,436 Citigroup Inc $701,290 JPMorgan Chase & Co $695,132 Time Warner $590,084 Sidley Austin LLP $588,598 Stanford University $586,557 National Amusements Inc $551,683 UBS AG $543,219 Wilmerhale Llp $542,618 Skadden, Arps et al $530,839 IBM Corp $528,822 Columbia University $528,302 Morgan Stanley $514,881 General Electric $499,130 US Government $494,820 Latham & Watkins $493,835 These companies are listed as the top contributers to President Obama's 2008 campaign. But this money didn't actually come from the companies themselves. People who work at those companies held fundraisers, or gave private donations and then bundled the money together and listed the company they work at as the "contributor". It would be as if all the people in my neighborhood gave fundraisers, put the money in a pot, sent it to Obama's campaign fund and said, "This money is from Chicago". Top Industries, John McCain | OpenSecrets It's interesting, Oil and Gas appeared at number 11 for top contributors to John McCain, but didn't even make Obama's list. Republicans are making a "big deal" about Obama's contributions from BP. All 71 thousand. Actually, the money came from the employees. And when you look at their total contributions: "Fifty-seven percent of BP's contributions went to Republicans, while 43 percent went to Democrats." Obama was top recipient of BP-related dollars in 2008 - CNN.com Rather a "mixed message", wouldn't you say? Since the money came from the "employees" and NOT the company itself, do Republicans understand why those companies would have very little influence? Not anymore. Not after the Republican/Conservative Supreme Court Decision making companies "citizens". Who would companies, who are in search of cheap labor and deregulation, prefer to fund? Do the math.