- Goldman Sachs - $430,578
- UBS AG - $286,480
- JP Morgan Chase & Co - $274,359
- Exelon Corp - $269,100
- Kirkland & Ellis - $256,089
- University of Chicago - $252,556
- Lehman Brothers - $248,190
- Sidley Austin LLP - $243,025
- National Amusements Inc - $224,950
- Citigroup Inc -$209,437
- Skadden, Arps et al - $206,166
- Jenner & Block - $186,629
- Harvard University - $184,600
- Citadel Investment Group - $168,900
- Mayer Brown - $168,056
- Time Warner - $162,218
- Jones Day - $158,400
- University of California - $137,272
- Morgan Stanley - $127,675
- Credit Suisse Group - $125,950
I have a bit of experience with IAF organizing styles, and I know that one of the things that they teach is that the perception of resources flowing in snowballs outward and accumulates even more resources, so it is not difficult to see how Obama relies on the big corporate gifts first to pay for higher visibility and then to attract the smaller individual contributions.
He deserves respect (even while we keep an eye on his patronage of the top contributors later), but let's not put him up on a pedestal from which he will eventually fall. Sometimes the campaign shilling just gets out-of-hand.
By the way, in the interest of fairness (usually the first casuality of political campaigns) you can find all of the candidates' PAC contributions at the same site linked above.