Report: Clinton leads with lobbyist contributions

Marilyn Tennissen Feb. 7, 2008, 5:11am

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has received more contributions from the lobbyists than any other presidential candidate, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

As reported by the Blog of Legal Times on Feb. 7, the CRP states that Clinton received almost twice as much as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the candidate in the No. 2 spot on the list.

According to the CRP, Clinton received $823,087, compared with McCain's $416,321, in year-end reports filed with the FEC.

Third and fourth on the list are Republicans Rudulph Giuliani and Mitt Romney.

Democrat Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio received only $201 in lobbying contributions and ranks last on the list.

Democrats Barack Obama of Illinois and John Edwards of North Carolina have both made campaign promises not to take contributions from federal lobbyists. The Center for Responsive Politics lists Obama as receiving $86,283 in lobbying contributions and Edwards as receiving $28,250.

The center includes federal, state and local lobbyists in its analysis, as well as family members with no separate means of income, and people who work for lobbying firms but may not be registered lobbyists. Corporate lobbyists who work in-house for a specific company are not included.

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