Goldman Sachs remains Michael McMahon’s biggest contributor ($51,050).
Jobs, Opportunities & Education PAC is next ($12,500), followed by Calcagno Construction ($12,000), then the Laborers Union ($11,000 ).
Michael Grimm has Sun Coast Resources ($16,650), Goldberg & Rimberg ($9,800), and G&G Construction & Development ($9,600).
Michael Allegretti has Bayside Fuel Oil Depot ($33,900), A&J Produce ($9,600), and Jls Industries ($6,800).
Top Contributors–13th CD (as of mid-June 2010):
Michael E McMahon (D)
Goldman Sachs $51,050
Jobs, Opportunities & Education PAC $12,500
Calcagno Construction $12,000
Laborers Union $11,000
Bank of America $10,250
American Assn for Justice $10,000
American Hospital Assn $10,000
AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America $10,000
BRIDGE PAC $10,000
Honeywell International $10,000
International Assn of Fire Fighters $10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $10,000
National Air Traffic Controllers Assn $10,000
New Democrat Coalition $10,000
New York Life Insurance $10,000
Operating Engineers Union $10,000
PAC to the Future $10,000
Turkish Coalition USA PAC $10,000
Michael Grimm (R)
Sun Coast Resources $16,650
Goldberg & Rimberg $9,800
G&G Construction & Development $9,600
Greenscape Ventures $9,600
Satcom Corp $9,600
Centers for Specialty Care LLC $9,000
Chetrit Group $9,000
Kasowitz, Benson et al $8,400
Benchmark Co $7,800
McB Holdings $7,500
American Print Works $4,800
CDS International Holdings $4,800
Cox Padmore Skolnik Llp $4,800
DC Government $4,800
Elmo Realty Co-Vice Pre $4,800
First American Corp $4,800
Heb Grocery Stores $4,800
Joshua A Rosenbaum PC $4,800
King Fuels $4,800
Quad Capital Management $4,800
Roy Moffitt Customized Fueling $4,800
Stonehenge Partner, Inc, $4,800
Stonehenge Partners $4,800
Surgical Management $4,800
Tri State Funding $4,800
Wubben Brothers $4,800
Michael A. Allegretti (R)
Bayside Fuel Oil Depot $33,900
A&J Produce $9,600
Jls Industries $6,800
Asm Mechanical Systems $5,300
Adelphi Academy $5,250
Lounsbery Foundation $4,800
Midhattan Woodworking Corp $4,800
Polizzotto & Polizzotto $4,800
Prudential Financial $4,800
Zaaremba, Brownell & Brown $4,800
Granite Capital International Group $4,400
WPP Group $3,250
Greenstone Holdings Group $3,000
Tanenbaum Center $3,000
Tepedino & Co $2,800
Wendy’s/Arby’s Group $2,500
Aragon LLC $2,400
Carlisle Corp $2,400
Citadel Security Agency $2,400
Direct Supply $2,400
Jtc Painting & Decorating $2,400
Leap Wireless International $2,400
Omega World Travel $2,400
Striano Electric Co $2,400
Swiss Re $2,400
Tepedino & Co Llp $2,400
Open Secrets methodology–Top Contributors
The organizations listed as “Top Contributors” reached this list for one of two reasons: either they gave through a political action committee sponsored by the organization, or individuals connected with the organization contributed directly to the candidate.
Under federal law, all contributions over $200 must be itemized and the donor’s occupation and employer must be requested and disclosed, if provided.
Open Secrets uses that employer/occupation information to identify the donor’s economic interest.
Open Secrets does this in two ways:
• First, they apply a code to the contribution, identifying the industry.
• Second, they standardize the name of the donor’s employer. If enough contributions came in from people connected with that same employer, the organization’s name winds up on the Top Contributor list.
Of course, it is impossible to know either the economic interest that made each individual contribution possible or the motivation for each individual giver. However, the patterns of contributions provide critical information for voters, researchers and others. That is why Congress mandated that candidates and political parties request employer information from contributors and publicly report it when the contributor provides it.
In some cases, a cluster of contributions from the same organization may indicate a concerted effort by that organization to “bundle” contributions to the candidate. In other cases—both with private companies and with government agencies, non-profits and educational institutions—the reason for the contributions may be completely unrelated to the organization.
Showing these clusters of contributions from people associated with particular organizations provides a valuable—and unique—way of understanding where a candidate is getting his or her financial support. Knowing those groups is also useful after the election, as issues come before Congress and the administration that may affect those organizations and their industries.
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