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The top 5 fundraising Democratic presidential candidates share some big-name contributors that millions of Americans do business with daily

Who's giving to left-wingers?

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As the slew of Democratic presidential primary candidates has jostled for the political and electoral support of the liberal base for the last few months, they've also been avidly seeking the left's financial support. And so far this year, no one in the party has been been able to top Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' massive haul of nearly $50 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Not bad for an avowed socialist.

Sanders isn't the only left-wing, spread-wealth-around, rhetorically anti-rich candidate enjoying the spoils of traveling on a luxurious campaign that has raised tens of millions of dollars.

The top five fundraising Democratic candidates have pulled in a combined total of $166.4 million this year. A lot of that money comes from contributors that millions of Americans do business with on a daily basis.

Who are the top five fundraising candidates? And who is giving to them?

Below are the five Democratic candidates with the highest fundraising totals, according to the most recent FEC data compiled by the Center for Responsive politics. The total is a combination of a candidate's campaign committee and outside groups.

Also listed are the top 10 contributors to each of those candidates for the 2020 election cycle. (As the Center for Responsive Politics notes, the money is "from the organizations' PACs; their individual members, employees or owners; and those individuals' immediate families." Federal law prohibits the organizations themselves from donating to federal candidates.)

Many of the top contributors are businesses that average Americans spend money and time with regularly, such as Walmart, Alphabet Inc. (Google's parent company), AT&T, Amazon, Microsoft, Comcast, and more.

No. 1: Bernie Sanders — $46,532,151

  • University of California: $191,015
  • Alphabet Inc: $135,026
  • Amazon.com: $118,865
  • US Postal Service: $97,611
  • Microsoft Corp: $88,067
  • Apple Inc: $79,049
  • Kaiser Permanente: $78,665
  • City of New York, NY: $78,259
  • AT&T Inc: $66,376
  • Walmart Inc: $62,202

No. 2: Elizabeth Warren — $36,120,188

  • Alphabet Inc: $191,601
  • University of California: $190,622
  • Harvard University: $112,746
  • Amazon.com: $79,168
  • Apple Inc: $64,448
  • Microsoft Corp: $61,414
  • US Government: $56,144
  • AT&T Inc: $51,235
  • City of New York, NY: $48,592
  • Kaiser Permanente: $47,442

No. 3: Pete Buttigieg — $32,433,709

  • Alphabet Inc: $204,339
  • Sullivan & Cromwell: $155,386
  • Comcast Corp: $107,711
  • Walt Disney Co: $106,841
  • AT&T Inc: $103,684
  • University of California: $100,358
  • McKinsey & Co: $82,418
  • Blackstone Group: $82,291
  • Apple Inc: $77,425
  • Microsoft Corp: $71,687

No. 4: Kamala Harris — $27,212,546

  • Paul, Weiss et al: $169,927
  • University of California: $133,680
  • Walt Disney Co: $130,334
  • Alphabet Inc: $112,232
  • AT&T Inc: $107,565
  • Kirkland & Ellis: $86,683
  • DLA Piper: $85,940
  • Kaiser Permanente: $81,838
  • Hueston Hennigan LLP: $76,683
  • Comcast Corp: $73,088

No. 5: Joe Biden — $24,111,004

  • Morgan & Morgan: $427,845
  • Paul, Weiss et al: $167,435
  • MGM Resorts International: $108,402
  • Weitz & Luxenberg: $107,070
  • Comcast Corp: $82,137
  • Cozen O'Connor: $55,199
  • Microsoft Corp: $50,658
  • Harvard University: $45,867
  • University of California: $44,928
  • Ballard Spahr LLP: $41,333
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