According to Open Secrets.org, the Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate sectors gave more to each candidate for Congress in the 13th CD than any others.
Lawyers and Lobbyist were a key sector for each.
The Labor sector donated a significant amount to the incumbent Democrat ($197,800).
By Sector–13th CD campaign contributions (as of mid-June 2010)
Michael McMahon (D)
Energy/Nat Resource $26,000
Lawyers & Lobbyists $137,999
Misc Business $71,850
Michael Grimm (R)
Energy/Nat Resource $16,650
Lawyers & Lobbyists $30,950
Misc Business $30,626
Michael A. Allegretti (R)
Energy/Nat Resource $35,900
Lawyers & Lobbyists $33,033
Misc Business $26,950
Open Secrets methodology–Contributions by Sector
Open Secrets attempts to classify all the candidates’ contributions into one of 13 main sectors–10 within the business community, one for labor, one for ideological/single-issue groups, and one for ‘other.’
More detailed breakdowns of these broad sectors can be found in the charts at Open Secrets that list “top industries” for each candidate.
Historically, the financial sector has consistently been the biggest source of funds in U.S. elections. In 2002, financial interests gave $105 million to federal candidates. The sector includes banks, insurance companies, the real estate industry, accountants and other financial professionals. Lawyers & lobbyists were second with $72 million, followed closely by ideological groups at $71.6 million. The catch-all “miscellaneous business” category gave $63.4 million. Labor unions kicked in $55.4 million, giving 89.4% to Democrats.
The sector profiles of incumbent members of Congress often reflect their committee assignments in Washington. Someone on the agriculture committee, for example, will typically raise much more from farmers and other agricultural interests than the average member of Congress.
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