I’m always hesitant to post something outright political, but this is fascinating. Daily Beast has compiled every candidate’s (including Obama) top 5 contributors and the amount.
For the most part they are corporations. And while I’m sure quid pro quo could be lurking under some of it, my guess is more that a candidate’s voting history and “stands on the issues” attract the support. In other words I doubt there is a whole lot of I’ll give you a big contribution if you change your stance, but think its more this guy supports what I like so I’ll support him. Or even just I know this gal personally (i.e. Rick Santorum and Michelle Bachmann).
But here is the real fascinating part…what does it say that the top 3 contributors to Ron Paul are not corporations but US Army personnel, US Air Force personnel and then US Navy personnel? If his foreign policy ideas are “insane” or “going to wreck the country”, would these people be his biggest financial support? This is one of those cases where who you are attracting to yourself is revealing of character. Both of the nation and of the candidate.