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Posted Jan 8, 2015, 2:23 pm
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and wrestling magnate Linda McMahon might make a funny trio for the setup of a joke, but what they actually have in common is their outsized funding of Arizona's 2014 campaign season.
Theirs are only a few of the most eminent names on top of the list of total contributions made to political committees in Arizona that are required to disclose donors during this past election cycle.
Contributions from the top 20
Contributions from the 20 biggest spenders (blue) to Arizona political committees (yellow).
Less conspicuous, but more reliable campaign contributors fill the rest of the list of top donors.
- Tucson auto dealership tycoon and longtime Republican contributor Jim Click ranked No. 4., with contributions between $10,000 and $100,000 to a handful of Republican independent expenditure groups.
- Longtime Democratic politician Jim Pederson came in No. 7, giving almost all of the $243,000 he spent to the Arizona Democratic Party.
- Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Bill Roe and his wife Alice rank No. 11 and 13, respectively. They gave more than $100,000 to the Arizona Democratic Primary, but also gave to 37 other Democratic candidates or outside groups.
- While their combined total doesn't come close to the $393,000 in individual contributions from Click and his wife, Longtime lobbyist Don Isaacson and his wife Marie gave to a greater number of Arizona political committees than anyone else. Together, they contributed 411 times to 123 different political committees.
Individual contributions made to Arizona political committees accounted for $39.6 million during the 2014 election cycle. The totals do not account for contributions given to so-called "dark money" groups that do not reveal who funds them, but who spent about $8.6 million during the same time.