Hagel's Road to the White House Paved by Monied Interests

Former Senator Chuck Hagel, recently nominated for secretary of defense by President Barack Obama, represented Nebraska in the United States Senate from 1997 to 2009. Hagel, a Republican, would enter the Democratic president's incoming cabinet having received two Purple Hearts in the Vietnam War. 

Data: A MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to Chuck Hagel from top industries and companies from January 1, 2001-December 31, 2008.

  • In total, Hagel has received $2,438,895 in campaign contributions.
Top 10 Interests Funding Contributions
Banks & Credit $185,650
Insurance $164,320
Securities & Investment $160,048
Lawyers/Law Firms $110,800
Electric Utilities $92,528
Real Estate $90,750
Oil & Gas $76,850
Health Professionals $75,400
Mining  $63,460
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $55,715
Top 10 Organizations Funding Contributions
Citigroup $28,600
Merrill Lynch $27,300
Peter Kiewit Sons $24,400
Level 3 Communications $18,900
Union Pacific $15,050
Service Employees International Union $15,000
Mutual of Omaha $14,470
Feinberg Group $14,000
Wells Fargo $12,500
American Bankers Association $12,500

Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to Chuck Hagel from January 1, 2001-December 31, 2008. Data source: OpenSecrets.org. If you use MapLight data, please cite accordingly.