Open Secrets, the campaign finance monitor, has tallied the contributions of each American industry (both employees and the companies themselves) to super PACs this year and found that “Securities and Investment,” which donated more than any other industry — $75,036,769 — gave $4 to conservative super PACs for every $1 they gave to a liberal one. (The number-two industry by donations, “Casinos/Gambling” — that is, Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn — donated $31,729,520, of which 99 percent went to conservative super PACs. Those who contend that the differences between finance and casinos are largely cosmetic now have one more argument they can invoke.)On the list of Obama’s five largest contributors by employer, the University of California heads the pack, with Microsoft, Google, the federal government and Harvard rounding out the top five. IBM and Apple are also on the list of the top 20, as are four other universities, but just one bank: Wells Fargo, which placed 19th and which is the only major bank based in Northern California. Open Secrets’ tally of super PAC contributions from the “Computers/Internet” industry — they totaled $9,292,448 — showed that 58 percent went to liberal groups. The New York Times’ Nate Silver has calculated that Obama received 97 percent of the presidential campaign contributions of Google employees, 91 percent of Apple employees, 81 percent of those at Microsoft and 77 percent of those at IBM.
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