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The Bush campaign raised just over $131 million in 2003 and had $99 million in the bank at the end of last year, according to reports filed with the FEC in February, 2004. The president has raised almost $30 million more than all the democratic candidates combined. The president raised amounts at a rate of $577,000 a day. (Based on contributions to Bush's gubernatorial, congressional presidential campaigns, inaugural committees, and recount fund through December 31, 2003.)
Total from Top Ten Organizations
Enron Corp. $602,625
MBNA Corp. $597,041
Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. $564,404
Pricewaterhouse Coopers $485,448
Vinson & Elkins $476,400
UBS AG Inc $474,300
Credit Suisse First Boston $472,650
Goldman Sachs Group $409,449
Bass Brothers Enterprises $397,427
Ernst & Young LLP $384,154
Investment companies dominated President Bush's $47 million fourth quarter fundraising. Seven of the ten are financial services companies.
The largest donors for the quarter were Pricewaterhouse Coopers ($122,750), MBNA Corp. ($93,750), Deloitte & Touche LLP ($73,525), Southern Co. ($67,147), and Goldman Sachs Group ($65,750).
Rounding out the list were Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. ($58,904), United Services Automobile Association Group ($57,775), Rooney Holdings/Rooney Brothers ($56,000), and UBS AG Inc. ($54,850).
Among the most significant movers was credit card giant MBNA Corp., which jumped into second place on Bush's list of career patrons, trailing Enron Corp. by just $6,000.
40 individuals from the MBNA Corp. donated the maximum $2,000 amount during the last three months of 2003. Former CEO Charles M. Cawley and Executive Vice Chair Lance Loring Weaver are both Bush "Rangers," fundraisers who pledge to raise $250,000 for the president.
In addition to being among Bush's top donors, the seven financial services companies all lobbied on bills and issues that were being considered by the president. Some issues listed on these companies' lobbying forms included the dividend tax cut, bankruptcy reform and even the PATRIOT ACT, according to disclosures from the Senate Office of Public Records. Other legislative issues affecting these companies include the president's proposal to privatize Social Security and auditing regulations following the Enron scandal."