Business-minded professionals want Hillary Clinton elected, and a recent graph shows just how much.
From lawyers to bankers to physicians, professionals are giving more money to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton than Republican nominee Donald Trump, according to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal.
Over the period from May to July, 2016, some $36 million in corporate dollars were donated to the two presidential candidates. Clinton received $31 million of that sum, a figure six times higher than the amount donated to Donald Trump. That number amounts to 86 percent of the total, the Hill reports.
The Trump campaign isn’t concerned about the apparent gap in donations. Trump’s finance chairman, Steve Mnunchin, attributes the disparity to the fact that Trump has refused to cozy “up to big donors the way she has,” the Journal reports.
The discrepancy between the Republican and Democratic candidates is interesting considering that the allocation of corporate donations in the 2012 election went in large part to Republican nominee Mitt Romeny. From May to July, 2012, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney received $75 million in donations from corporations. During that cycle, Romney drew in $46 million, or 62 percent of the total, the Journal reports.
Clinton is reportedly winning the support of many of the corporations that backed Romney in 2012, the Hill reports. Wall Street, which pays both Hillary and her husband lucrative speaking fees, has given Clinton a total of $1.6 million.
Clinton also holds a heavy lead over Trump in donations from the real estate industry, beating the Republican real estate mogul by some $1.1 million, in his own area of professional gravitas.
Even physicians prefer donating to Hillary, giving $1.5 million more to the Democrat than to Donald Trump in the current campaign cycle.
The Democratic nominee and former lawyer also has a predictable lead in donations from attorneys and law firms. Clinton thus far has garnered some $6.1 million in donations from lawyers/law firms, the Journal reports.
The full graph can be found here.
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