Donald S. Beyer Jr.

Owner, Don Beyer Automotive Group

$24,000 to the Democratic National Committee

$2,000 to former Vermont governor Howard Dean

$2,000 to Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.)

Beyer is Virginia's former lieutenant governor who lost his 1997 bid for governor. He is now a top fundraiser for Kerry, having collected more than $100,000.

John H. Dalton

President, IPG Photonics Corp.

$2,000 to the DNC

$2,000 to Kerry

$2,000 to retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark

$750 to Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.)

Dalton was secretary of the Navy in the Clinton administration. His company, IPG Photonics, makes fiber-optic components. He has not been a major donor this election cycle, but he has helped Kerry raise more than $50,000.

Nicholas D. Chabraja

Chairman and chief executive, General Dynamics Corp.

$25,000 to the DNC

During the 2000 presidential election, General Dynamics was among the top 10 soft money donors in Virginia to the national political parties, giving $244,000 to Republicans and $199,000 to Democrats. In 2004, total company donations were also split between the two parties.

A. James Clark

Chairman and chief executive, Clark Enterprises, the holding company for Clark Construction Group LLC

$25,000 to the Republican National Committee

$2,000 to President Bush

$500 to the DNC

Clark was the second-highest soft money donor in Maryland in 2000, giving $250,000 to Republicans. This year, the soft money ban has curtailed his campaign spending.

Beth Dozoretz

Senior Vice President, FHC Health Systems

$25,000 to the DNC

$2,000 to Kerry

$2,000 to Clark

$1,000 to Gephardt

Dozoretz is a former DNC National Finance chair. Her husband, Ronald Dozoretz, is the chairman and chief executive of FHC Health Systems, which is the parent company of Value Options, one of the country's largest managed behavior health care companies.

Robert H. Dugger

Managing Director, Tudor Investment Corp.

$25,000 to the DNC

$2,000 to Kerry

$2,000 to Gephardt

$2,000 to Clark

Dugger is the former director for policy and chief economist for the American Bankers Association. He is now with the D.C. office of Tudor, an asset management firm headquartered in Greenwich, Conn. Besides writing checks himself, he has raised more than $100,000 for the Kerry campaign.

Melvyn J. Estrin

Chairman and chief executive, University Research LLC

$25,000 to the RNC

$4,000 to Bush

Estrin, a Bush Pioneer, has served as chairman of National Intergroup Inc., FoxMeyer Drug Co. and American Health Services and Mental Health Inc. He is now chairman of University Research, an investment holding company. In the 2000 election cycle, he gave $23,600 in soft money to Republicans.

Richard Fore

Fore Property Co.

$2,000 to Bush-Cheney

Richard Fore is a Bush Pioneer, meaning he has raised more than $100,000.

Morton Funger

Principal, Ralmor Corp.

$50,000 to DNC

Real estate developer Morton Funger is a long time Democratic fundraiser. In the 2000 election cycle, he gave $82,500 in soft money to the Democrats. He has raised more than $50,000 for Kerry.

James B. Gildenhorn

Partner, JBG Cos.

$50,000 to RNC

$2,000 to Bush

Real estate developer and former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, Gildenhorn is a well-known Republican donor. He and his wife Alma Gildenhorn have given $75,000 to the RNC this election cycle.

Gary Gensler

Private investor

$25,000 to DNC

$2,000 to Kerry

$2,000 to Dean

$1,000 to Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.)

Gensler is the treasurer of the Maryland Democratic Party. This election cycle, he has given more than $50,000 to Democratic candidates. While he is a newcomer to presidential fundraising, he has already raised more than $100,000 for Kerry.

Kevin Gentry

Vice President for Strategic Development, Koch Charitable Foundation

$2,000 to Bush

The foundation Gentry works for is underwritten by the Koch family, owners of Koch Industries, one of the largest private companies in the U.S. Gentry is a Bush Pioneer, by virtue of having raised more than $100,000.

Sidney Harman

Executive chairman, Harman International Industries Inc.

$2,000 to Kerry

$2,000 to Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.)

$2,000 to Gephardt

Harman is a co-founder of D.C.-based Harman International, which makes high-quality audio systems.

Elizabeth Scripps Harvey

Chairman, Scripps Co.

$25,000 to RNC

Scripps is the wife of the late Edward Scripps, grandson of newspaper pioneer E.W. Scripps. She is chair of Scripps Enterprises, which owns real estate, gas, oil, newspapers and other interests. In 2000, she was the No. 2 soft money donor in Virginia, giving $250,000 to Republicans.

William A. Haseltine

Chairman and chief executive, Human Genome Sciences

$25,000 to Kerry Victory 2004 (a joint fund with the Democratic National Committee)

Haseltine has been supporting Democratic candidates for more than 10 years. In 1992, he gave $250 to then-presidential hopefuls Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). This year, he gave the maximum $25,000 in support of Kerry's bid.

Carla A. Hills

Chairman and chief executive, Hills & Co.

$2,000 to Bush

Hills, a former U.S. trade representative under the first President George Bush, now gives investment advice.

Jonathan C. Javitt

Vice Chair, Health Directions

$4,000 to Bush

Javitt is a physician and a health sciences entrepreneur. His company, Health Directions, is an investment company focused on developing computer-based solutions to health care. He is a Bush Pioneer, meaning he has raised more than $100,000.

James A. Johnson

Vice Chairman, Perseus LLC

$2.000 to Kerry

$1,000 to Lieberman

$2,000 to Gephardt

Perseus is a merchant banking and private equity firm. Johnson is a former chairman and chief executive officer of Fannie Mae. In the late '70s, he was Walter Mondale's executive assistant. He has raised at least $100,000 for Kerry.

Robert L. Johnson

Founder and chief executive, Black Entertainment Television

$25,000 to DNC

In 2000, the media mogul handed out more than $1 million in so-called hard money contributions to Democratic candidates and committees. This year, he backed the Democrats again, though he has given less than $100,000 total, as of Sept. 8.

James V. Kimsey

Former chief executive, America Online Inc., philanthropist

$2,000 to Kerry

$2,000 to Al Sharpton

$2,000 to Clark

$2,000 to Bush

Four years ago, Kimsey was the largest soft money donor in the District, according to Dwight L. Morris and Associates. In the 2000 election cycle, he gave $290,000 to Republicans and $60,000 to Democrats. This year, the big checks were more on the order of $5,000 to party committees.

Alfred C. Liggins III

Chief executive, Radio One Inc.

$2,000 to Sharpton

Liggins has stepped up his personal political donations. Four years ago, he gave nothing. This year, he has given mostly to congressional candidates.

J.W. Marriott Jr.

Chairman and chief executive,

Marriott International Inc.

$25,000 to RNC

$2,000 to Bush

$2,000 to Bush-Cheney compliance fund

Marriott is a well-known Republican. His company has given to both parties. Marriott International pledged $100,000 to both party conventions. In 2001, the company chipped in $100,000 for the Bush Inaugural, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Judith A. McHale

Chief executive, Discovery Communications

$2,000 to Kerry

$2,000 to Gephardt

$2,000 to Dean

McHale has supported Democratic candidates in the past. Two members of her senior staff, Donald Baer and David Leavy, were part of the Clinton administration. In the 2000 election cycle, Discovery gave $125,000 in soft money to the Democrats. The company says that other executives have given to Republican candidates.

Philip Merrill

President and chairman of the Export-Import Bank and former publisher of Washingtonian

$50,000 to the RNC

Four years ago, Merrill gave $64,000 to Republicans. This election cycle, he has given a total of $50,000 to the RNC.

Melissa Moss

Vice President, Capital Guardian Trust

$2,000 to Kerry

$1,000 to Dean

Moss was an aide to former California governor Jerry Brown and former commerce secretary Ronald Brown, as well as former finance director for the DNC. She has raised more than $100,000 for Kerry.

Phillip G. Norton Jr.

Chairman, president and chief executive, ePlus Inc.

$25,000 to the RNC

$2,000 to Bush

EPlus, based in Herndon, sells procurement and supply-chain software. It has about $300 million in annual revenue.

Abe Pollin

Chairman, Washington Sports and Entertainment

$10,000 to John Kerry/DNC

Four years ago, the Wizards owner was a leading soft money donor in the District, giving $10,000 to Republicans and $50,000 to Democrats.

Joseph E. Robert Jr.

Founder and chief executive, J.E. Robert Cos.

$2,000 to Bush

$2,000 to Gephardt

Four years ago, real estate developer and philanthropist Robert was among the top three soft-money donors in Virginia, giving $250,000 to the GOP. Robert's biggest campaign contribution this year was $25,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Robert M. Rosenthal

Chairman, Rosenthal Automotive Group

$49,000 to RNC

$2,000 to Bush

$2,000 to Kerry

$1,000 to Kerry-Edwards compliance fund

In the 2000 election, Rosenthal's company gave $130,000 in soft money to Republicans. This time, Rosenthal personally gave the maximum to the GOP. He was an early supporter of Kerry, giving $2000 to Kerry's presidential campaign in 2002.

Dwight C. Schar

Chief executive, NVR Inc.

$25,000 to RNC

$2,000 to Bush

$2,000 to Bush-Cheney compliance fund

Four years ago, Schar and his wife, Martha Schar, gave more than $200,000 in soft money to Republicans. He is an active fundraiser in the Washington area and a Bush Pioneer.

Laurence C. Siegel

Chairman and chief executive, Mills Corp.

$2,000 to Dean

$1,000 to Gephardt

$2,000 to Bush

Mall owner and developer Mills Corp. has been a bipartisan donor. In the 2000 election cycle, the company gave $100,000 in soft money to the GOP and $75,000 to Democrats. This year, Siegel has kept up the tradition.

John Knox Singleton

Chief executive, Inova Health System

$2,000 to Bush

Singleton is in sync with his colleagues at Inova, a not-for-profit health care provider, which gave mostly to Republicans.

David W. Thompson

Chairman and chief executive,

Orbital Sciences Corp.

$1,250 to the RNC

$2,000 to Bush

Orbital Sciences, a rocket and space systems company, has contracts with the U.S. military, including the Army's Space and Missile Defense Command.

William H. Timbers

President, USEC Inc.

$2,000 to Bush

Timbers's company is a leading supplier of enriched uranium. USEC has a small political action committee of about 100 members, said Elizabeth Stuckle, a company spokeswoman. This year, USEC employees have given mainly to Republicans.

Robert L. Wright

Chairman emeritus, Dimensions International

$15,000 to RNC

$2,000 to Bush

Dimensions, an information technology company, is now run by his son, Russell T. Wright. Founder Robert L. Wright is a senior adviser and a Bush Pioneer, having raised more than $100,000.