Wealthy donors who have given more than $1 million contributed one-third of the $383 million that flowed this election cycle into super PACs, which can accept unlimited contributions from individuals and corporations.

While these groups cannot coordinate their advertising with candidates or political parties, they often work closely with official campaigns, and they are poised to be influential forces in this year’s congressional midterm elections.

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On top is Richard Uihlein, the Wisconsin-based founder of packaging and shipping supplies manufacturer ULINE, who increased his participation at the federal level compared with past cycles, largely funding insurgent Republican candidates.

The Top Donors

As in past election cycles, a small number of wealthy donors are driving a large share of the millions of dollars already filling super PAC coffers.

People and companies giving nearly $1 million

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The Washington Post analyzed all donations of $10,000 and above to all federal super PACs through March 31, 2018. Donor totals have been adjusted to include refunds. Donations made by labor unions and party committees were excluded from the list of top donors.

Originally published April 10, 2018.

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