The Washington Post found a small but influential group at the core of the Clintons’ fundraising network, which brought in $1 billion to support them politically, including $600 million from 290,000 known donors.

The Clintons raised the bulk of the $1 billion for six major campaigns: Bill’s two presidential races, Hillary’s two elections to the Senate and her two runs for president.

The Post identified 1 percent of donors who gave to support at least three of their political races. Donors who gave $200 or less are not required to be reported to the Federal Election Commission.

But that small percentage of loyal supporters gave a disproportionate share of the money raised, accounting for 22 percent of $600 million contributed by known donors.

Another way to see the impact of loyal contributors is to look at those who have donated to support both Bill and Hillary. The Post has identified around 1 percent of donors who have backed both of them.

That loyal group has provided an outsize share of their funds: more than $129 million, about 21 percent of the $600 million in itemized contributions.


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Hillary runs for Senate

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Aside from the $1 billion given to support Bill and Hillary's political races, another $2 billion has gone to the Clinton Foundation. Additionally, both Clintons have delivered dozens of paid speeches, allowing them to collect more than $150 million on the lecture circuit.

The Post investigation found that many top Clinton patrons supported them in multiple ways, helping finance their political causes, their philanthropy and their personal bank accounts. Here are some of the Clintons’ top patrons over the last 40 years. Read the full story.

Top political patrons of both Bill and Hillary

Haim and Cheryl Saban

1. Haim and Cheryl Saban, media executive; women's advocate/author. $2.41 million.

2. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, public employees union. $1.684 million.

3. Communications Workers of America, labor union. $1.682 million.

Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw

4. Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, film director; actor. $1.5 million.

Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg

5. Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation chief executive; philanthropist. $1.35 million.

6. National Education Association, teachers' union. $1.31 million.

George Soros

7. George Soros, hedge fund executive. $1.26 million.

Barbara F. Lee

8. Barbara F. Lee, women's advocate/philanthropist. $1.24 million.

S. Donald Sussman

9. S. Donald Sussman, hedge fund executive. $1.18 million.

10. Plumbers & Pipefitters Union, labor union. $1.16 million.

Top donors to the Clinton foundation

Gave more than $25 million

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle-based international charity.

Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canada), mining magnate-backed charity.

Frank Giustra, The Radcliffe Foundation

Frank Giustra, The Radcliffe Foundation, mining industry magnate.

Fred Eychaner and Applewood Foundation, Chicago media executive.

Nationale Postcode Loterij, Dutch charity.

The Children's Investment Fund Foundation, London-based charity.

UNITAID, international health organization.

Hillary's top speech sponsors

1. thePublic Inc., Toronto-based company that develops strategies for nonprofit firms for a profit. $775,000.

2. Let's Talk Entertainment Inc., America's foremost women's lecture series. $740,000.

3. Xerox Corp., document technology services. $490,000.

4. Deutsche Bank, German-based international financial services firm with over 100,000 employees. $485,000.

5. salesforce.com, offers commercial application of social networking; has market capitalization of $50 billion. $451,000.

6. Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, raises money for a variety of causes. $400,000.

7. Biotechnology Industry Organization, promotes biotech advances in medicine, agriculture and other fields. $335,000.

7. Qualcomm. $335,000.

8. Cisco. $325,000.

9. eBay. $315,000.

10. Beaumont Health System, owns large hospitals. $305,000.

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