UPDATED: Contribution Profile of Members of the Deficit 'Super Committee'

Figures have been updated from the original report to reflect campaign contributions through June 30, 2011.

Nov 14, 2011 - MapLight has conducted an analysis of campaign contributions to the 12 members of Congress appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. The members of the so-called "Super Committee" are Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), and Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.).

  • To download a spreadsheet featuring an analysis of contributions from the top industries contributing to Super Committee members (that generated the tables below) click here.
  • To download a spreadsheet featuring an analysis of contributions from the top PACs contributing to Super Committee members (not including employee contributions) click here.

Top 10 Industry Contributors to Super Committee Members (PACs and Employees)

Industry Total
Lawyers/Law Firms $31,848,570
Securities & Investment         $11,612,206
Health Professionals $9,655,188
Democratic/Liberal $9,647,264
Real Estate $8,993,150
Education $8,594,210
Misc. Business $7,916,271
Business Services $6,659,449
Women's Issues $6,396,728
Insurance $6,043,095

Top 10 Organization Contributors (PACs and Employees) to Super Committee Members
NOTE: The Club for Growth's and EMILY's List's totals also include contributions from their members.

Organization Total
Club for Growth* $1,009,884
Microsoft $822,350
University of California        $652,935
Goldman Sachs $605,684
EMILY's List* $594,883
Citigroup $584,831
JPMorgan Chase $533,128
UBS $451,280
Akin Gump $435,254
Morgan Stanley $393,779

Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions from Jan. 1, 2001 - Jun. 30, 2011 to the 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Campaign contributions and industry classifications established by the Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org).

* Campaign contributions listed for the Club for Growth and EMILY's List include contributions from the organization's PAC, its employees and members.

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