With over 760 self-identified CEOs having donated to her presidential bid so far, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is beating all other presidential candidates in total number of CEO campaign donors.
According to analysis of Federal Election Commission records by CNBC’s Big Crunch, Clinton has received donations from more CEOs than Republicans Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz combined. However, Jeb Bush has received significantly more money from CEOs than Clinton, though he received that larger total amount from a smaller number of donors — around 550. No other candidate has come close to Bush or Clinton in the number of CEO donors. Marco Rubio came in third on that list with less than 200 CEOs backing his campaign.
Including donations to candidate-affiliated super PACs, Bush has received over $15 million in donations from CEOs, whereas Clinton has received nearly $5 million. Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Chris Christie trail closely behind Clinton in terms of total dollars donated by CEOs.
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Clinton’s most generous CEO donors lead entertainment companies whereas the top Bush supporters came from companies in the energy sector. CNBC’s Mark Fahey wrote, “Among her supporters, Clinton counts Bob Iger of Disney, Drew Houston of Dropbox and Ursula Burns of Xerox. None of her CEO supporters have given to Republicans this year. Bush’s approximately 550 supporters — about equally split between his campaign committee and super PAC — are CEOs like Steve Schwarzman of Blackstone, Roger Penske of Penske and Bob McNair of the Houston Texans.”
“CEOs showed little interest in real-life CEOs Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump,” Fahey added.
CNBC cautioned that the data set does not include CEOs who might not identify themselves as such on FEC disclosures.
Additionally, a May CNBC survey of the presidential preferences of U.S. millionaires found Hillary Clinton in the lead with 36 percent and Jeb Bush trailing behind her at 20 percent.
Truth in Media notes that, in past elections, strange bedfellows like Donald Trump and 21st Century Fox News Corp. have also donated to Hillary Clinton.
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