Center for Responsive Politics: Google, Microsoft, Lawyers and Lobbying Firms Show Obama the Money
A new Center for Responsive Politics analysis out this week shows that despite President Obama slipping in the polls, he still has the love of many employees of the biggest players in Washington, D.C.: Google, Microsoft, Lawyers and Lobbying Firms.
Google, which has maintained a long, close relationship with the President and his team is, together with Microsoft, one of the top three employers of donors to his re-election campaign.
Google employees have thus far donated over $660,000 to the President's re-election campaign, with Microsoft coming in around the same range.
In 2008, Google employees donated over $800,000 to Obama.
Google employees do not rank among Mitt Romney's top 20 donor sources thus far in 2012.
Another notable source of donations to Obama: Lawyers and employees of lobbying firms.
While the Obama campaign has a ban on donations from registered federal lobbyists, that has not stopped the lawyers and lobbyist sector from giving him $3.8 million in September alone. The sector gave a full $2 million less to Romney ($1.8 million).
Despite Obama's ban on taking donations from registered federal lobbyists, he still raked in $59,252 last month from those employed by lobbying firms and state-level lobbyists-- setting a new record for monthly donations from the lobbying sector to the President's re-election campaign.
One possible surprise in the Center's analysis of campaign finance numbers to date? Obama's biggest source of donations is employees from the University of California system.