Industries and Late Shifts 2018
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RankCatorderIndustryTotal Q3Dems Q3Repubs Q3%Dem%RepubRankPGTotal PGDems PGRepubs PG%Dem PG%Repub PG% Dem Shift
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1F07Securities & Investment$300,484,126$78,923,680$73,274,05251.7%48.0%4$28,233,608$5,614,672$2,253,02871.4%28.6%19.6%Political giving in late 2018 shows a number of industries making sizable shifts in party preference. These tables show total contributions by industry for the first 21 months of the election cycle (Jan 1 2017-Sept 30, 2018) versus the pre-general election period (Oct 1-17, 2018), with comparisons to similar periods in the 2014 and 2010 midterm cycles. The methodology is the same as for our industry profiles on the web site - https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/slist.php. Data for the current election cycle were released by the Federal Election Commission on Friday, October 26, 2018.
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2W06Retired$288,270,192$132,748,737$117,887,39752.6%46.7%1$37,955,306$11,434,117$14,414,71944.2%55.7%-8.5%
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3F10Real Estate$154,547,412$52,709,362$58,992,94047.1%52.7%8$8,484,622$3,171,339$2,413,88456.6%43.1%9.6%
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4K01Lawyers/Law Firms$146,824,993$107,800,027$29,490,53578.1%21.4%6$11,302,506$8,984,259$1,445,25386.0%13.8%7.8%
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5H01Health Professionals$134,665,144$38,965,073$30,374,38655.9%43.6%12$5,368,605$3,840,862$1,121,76377.1%22.5%21.2%
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6Q02Democratic/Liberal$101,600,306$76,585,945$42,19998.4%0.1%3$33,131,268$27,886,628$25099.5%0.0%1.1%
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7N07Casinos/Gambling$82,288,044$7,987,645$10,637,61142.8%57.0%44$812,606$194,751$152,15756.1%43.8%13.3%
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8F13Misc Finance$74,934,449$19,501,987$20,513,39748.5%51.1%2$34,392,259$2,222,346$967,15569.6%30.3%21.1%
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9Q11Environment$73,837,267$6,384,745$240,42795.6%3.6%14$4,796,399$501,765$15,15096.8%2.9%1.1%
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10W02Non-Profit Institutions$72,332,756$24,252,879$6,445,29478.7%20.9%9$7,071,291$1,792,436$132,82693.1%6.9%14.3%
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11Q01Republican/Conservative$71,716,525$27,291$20,323,4150.1%99.8%5$15,694,780$1,250$1,700,7050.1%99.9%-0.1%
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12E01Oil & Gas$66,276,055$4,831,675$34,840,37812.2%87.7%10$7,010,454$339,248$984,63625.6%74.3%13.4%
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13Q03Leadership PACs$62,714,997$27,024,295$35,377,16343.1%56.5%26$2,120,508$722,447$1,396,03434.1%65.8%-9.1%
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14W04Education$60,535,896$50,310,894$6,992,92387.1%12.1%7$9,938,036$9,254,497$299,37496.5%3.1%9.4%
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15N03Retail Sales$59,873,350$7,654,567$13,409,51936.2%63.5%20$3,734,536$566,705$371,30860.3%39.5%24.1%
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16Q16Candidate Committees$57,611,363$32,276,168$25,222,22056.0%43.8%11$5,521,356$359,768$5,141,5886.5%93.5%-49.5%
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17F09Insurance$49,822,637$18,043,038$28,252,61638.8%60.8%25$2,155,783$812,641$742,13552.1%47.6%13.2%
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18N05Business Services$46,300,807$27,263,786$11,813,33869.4%30.1%13$4,981,180$3,326,445$536,75685.7%13.8%16.3%
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19B12Electronics Mfg & Equip$45,197,312$18,620,891$11,138,94162.1%37.2%17$4,096,205$2,755,631$600,22082.0%17.9%19.8%
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20P04Public Sector Unions$43,912,739$12,615,495$2,119,14084.9%14.3%16$4,338,001$469,029$35,30091.6%6.9%6.7%
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21P01Building Trade Unions$41,354,310$11,684,692$2,094,10284.4%15.1%53$682,964$305,804$57,12083.1%15.5%-1.3%
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22B02TV/Movies/Music$38,848,247$22,849,802$5,688,31079.8%19.9%21$3,415,548$2,259,942$104,92195.3%4.4%15.5%
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23K02Lobbyists$38,627,071$17,438,746$20,006,95646.4%53.3%39$967,343$545,030$419,98156.4%43.5%9.9%
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Misc Manufacturing & Distributing
$37,949,540$9,288,260$18,489,01133.4%66.4%29$1,837,858$658,745$867,21943.1%56.7%9.7%
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Pharmaceuticals/Health Products
$35,352,753$14,925,538$16,959,44746.7%53.1%33$1,417,919$815,410$479,70662.9%37.0%16.2%
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26B01Printing & Publishing$33,852,090$17,558,952$3,197,76784.0%15.3%23$2,708,754$2,476,184$80,30196.6%3.1%12.6%
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27Q09Human Rights$31,735,039$12,781,414$1,190,46491.3%8.5%28$1,844,942$1,607,055$37,49097.7%2.3%6.4%
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28B13Internet$29,230,610$11,213,875$3,622,83775.0%24.2%22$3,252,458$2,155,260$122,60994.5%5.4%19.5%
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29Q08Women's Issues$28,809,641$27,638,082$923,44996.8%3.2%15$4,483,559$3,917,584$46,60098.8%1.2%2.1%
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30F03Commercial Banks$27,048,062$9,184,392$17,040,31734.9%64.8%35$1,196,057$545,447$516,96951.3%48.6%16.4%
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31N12Misc Business$26,656,445$10,285,926$12,419,30044.8%54.1%18$3,930,738$1,984,733$1,398,52358.5%41.3%13.8%
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32H02Hospitals/Nursing Homes$25,542,978$10,815,859$8,649,30855.4%44.3%30$1,809,535$1,509,636$239,87186.1%13.7%30.7%
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33M02Automotive$21,864,632$4,782,740$15,829,93723.2%76.7%37$1,045,991$264,254$627,00529.6%70.3%6.5%
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34A01
Crop Production & Basic Processing
$21,625,180$6,639,227$13,967,16731.9%67.1%31$1,648,546$386,796$543,75141.5%58.4%9.7%
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35E08Electric Utilities$21,249,255$6,791,814$11,405,00737.3%62.6%41$933,241$324,692$293,63552.4%47.4%15.2%
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Civil Servants/Public Officials
$21,064,837$14,805,395$4,671,15875.5%23.8%19$3,859,331$3,315,990$229,18293.3%6.5%17.9%
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37C01General Contractors$19,756,011$4,361,734$13,889,69023.8%75.9%43$851,270$284,996$456,47838.2%61.2%14.4%
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38A09Food Processing & Sales$18,535,552$4,689,186$7,861,45637.3%62.5%36$1,114,911$347,806$212,99861.9%37.9%24.6%
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Building Materials & Equipment
$18,070,971$1,930,741$12,070,69813.8%86.1%60$439,203$98,320$279,69125.9%73.5%12.1%
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40H03Health Services/HMOs$17,776,385$8,327,261$7,768,64051.6%48.1%40$950,189$596,211$182,95876.2%23.4%24.6%
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41P02Industrial Unions$16,994,385$8,531,174$459,03594.5%5.1%48$777,184$319,201$92699.7%0.3%5.2%
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42F11Accountants$16,615,369$8,104,538$8,118,77449.7%49.8%46$800,112$558,924$235,13170.3%29.6%20.6%
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43Q10Misc Issues$16,426,802$9,339,917$3,338,74673.2%26.2%34$1,321,924$1,259,514$50,02696.1%3.8%22.8%
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44N02Beer, Wine & Liquor$15,598,424$6,439,893$7,901,81744.9%55.1%49$743,178$377,164$218,17363.0%36.5%18.2%
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45B09Telecom Services$15,455,978$6,681,229$7,348,70147.4%52.2%47$784,866$277,045$128,76667.8%31.5%20.3%
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46M01Air Transport$15,118,674$5,506,036$9,182,95337.3%62.3%51$713,954$394,724$305,90956.1%43.4%18.7%
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47C04Construction Services$15,110,268$6,906,658$6,702,19750.5%49.0%24$2,294,958$941,715$328,21273.9%25.8%23.4%
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48N01Food & Beverage$15,007,081$5,311,182$9,048,33636.9%62.8%38$1,008,303$288,045$351,43544.5%54.3%7.7%
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49Q05Pro-Israel$14,407,614$10,155,861$4,116,75170.5%28.6%42$884,946$601,737$282,48368.0%31.9%-2.5%
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50N08Lodging/Tourism$13,661,910$5,518,804$4,284,01455.9%43.4%56$525,480$243,793$128,06865.5%34.4%9.6%
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51E07Misc Energy$12,910,286$3,247,313$5,997,68935.0%64.6%59$439,659$194,031$166,69453.7%46.2%18.8%
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52P03Transportation Unions$12,900,159$8,734,082$4,075,65867.8%31.6%64$360,080$296,264$63,55082.3%17.7%14.5%
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53P05Misc Unions$12,858,755$4,318,400$149,16596.5%3.3%50$724,130$236,851$10,00093.9%4.0%-2.6%
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54D01Defense Aerospace$12,460,019$5,199,213$7,114,87441.9%57.4%58$451,381$301,579$141,93867.9%32.0%26.0%
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55N06
Recreation/Live Entertainment
$12,287,471$2,793,103$5,070,13235.4%64.3%65$342,965$156,866$130,18254.6%45.3%19.2%
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56A07
Agricultural Services/Products
$12,119,069$3,373,015$7,741,36130.3%69.5%54$671,978$181,669$258,72641.1%58.6%10.8%
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57E04Mining$10,478,084$452,419$4,566,8369.0%90.9%52$691,295$12,519$78,77613.7%86.3%4.7%
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58W07Other$10,394,531$6,568,103$2,382,30772.7%26.4%32$1,555,379$1,009,088$73,35293.0%6.8%20.3%
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59F06Finance/Credit Companies$9,076,269$2,685,715$5,897,19131.2%68.5%57$490,114$199,735$89,91668.9%31.0%37.7%
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60N13
Chemical & Related Manufacturing
$8,721,938$2,492,910$5,983,04529.4%70.5%67$327,466$166,079$155,00051.7%48.2%22.3%
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61D02Defense Electronics$8,494,377$3,507,405$4,918,63641.4%58.0%70$255,070$145,464$105,51457.8%42.0%16.5%
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62B08Telephone Utilities$7,826,822$3,025,607$4,693,92539.1%60.6%69$311,507$234,241$73,94375.9%24.0%36.9%
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63C03Special Trade Contractors$7,611,826$2,443,226$4,848,48433.3%66.0%61$405,098$226,734$169,12156.5%42.2%23.2%
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64M04Railroads$7,481,471$2,820,131$4,592,59037.9%61.7%79$161,952$78,104$83,44248.3%51.6%10.4%
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65N04Misc Services$7,276,524$4,090,954$2,713,62259.8%39.6%45$804,208$643,376$128,81483.1%16.6%23.3%
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66A05Poultry & Eggs$6,656,948$275,137$1,675,32214.1%85.9%27$2,046,132$4,532$41,6009.8%90.2%-4.3%
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67F04Savings & Loans$6,641,425$377,973$1,094,78625.5%73.9%88$55,746$11,666$43,99520.9%79.0%-4.6%
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68A06Livestock$6,453,356$1,818,216$4,201,90730.1%69.5%72$240,628$93,460$134,02541.0%58.8%11.0%
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69A10Forestry & Forest Products$6,165,228$1,273,561$3,826,78224.7%74.3%71$247,203$57,275$88,96139.1%60.7%14.4%
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70C02Home Builders$5,955,614$1,253,053$4,343,81622.4%77.6%75$221,976$43,404$167,87020.5%79.4%-1.8%
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71Q15
Abortion Policy/Pro-Abortion Rights
$5,856,641$2,378,170$2,25099.0%0.1%66$331,909$231,189$099.9%0.0%0.8%
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72M03Trucking$5,557,300$792,910$4,042,77816.4%83.5%74$229,317$42,941$185,83318.8%81.2%2.4%
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73D03Misc Defense$4,314,568$1,488,514$2,738,08534.8%64.0%77$197,457$117,695$77,97460.1%39.8%25.3%
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74N14Steel Production$4,231,346$619,497$2,204,28821.9%78.0%55$593,070$59,659$31,81265.2%34.8%43.3%
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75A02Tobacco$4,005,974$561,781$1,773,70924.0%75.9%76$203,412$51,452$51,95049.8%50.2%25.7%
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76N00Business Associations$3,928,602$502,147$1,959,97220.3%79.2%84$122,784$23,911$43,86832.9%60.3%12.6%
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77M05Sea Transport$3,802,303$1,000,431$2,627,11127.4%72.0%85$113,321$47,425$50,54848.3%51.5%20.9%
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78F05Credit Unions$3,718,813$1,745,457$1,964,09447.0%52.8%83$131,024$57,961$72,70944.3%55.6%-2.6%
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79Q13Gun Rights$3,458,918$69,550$3,291,9962.1%97.9%73$233,938$2,489$231,4491.1%98.9%-1.0%
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80A04Dairy$3,044,304$661,642$2,081,70424.1%75.9%90$50,417$28,282$22,06056.2%43.8%32.1%
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81W05
Clergy & Religious Organizations
$2,965,184$1,959,631$816,13470.3%29.3%68$313,153$276,579$28,45790.5%9.3%20.2%
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82M06Misc Transport$2,930,992$801,175$1,811,98130.5%69.0%78$177,296$90,217$74,37954.3%44.8%23.8%
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83H05Misc Health$2,563,810$1,599,044$895,26963.7%35.7%62$398,727$236,239$57,86280.1%19.6%16.4%
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84Q12Gun Control$2,474,356$2,344,735$25,50098.1%1.1%63$397,062$362,032$25099.9%0.1%1.8%
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85Q04Foreign & Defense Policy$1,978,499$1,485,552$393,03778.7%20.8%82$133,515$119,760$13,75589.7%10.3%11.0%
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86E10Waste Management$1,537,939$414,533$1,035,39028.6%71.4%80$155,543$12,032$43,32521.7%78.3%-6.8%
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87N16Textiles$1,297,308$471,168$662,44341.4%58.3%93$31,167$18,883$7,15072.4%27.4%30.9%
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88Q14
Abortion Policy/Anti-Abortion
$1,137,799$15,210$779,2911.9%98.1%81$146,767$0$93,4150.0%100.0%-1.9%
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89E09
Environmental Svcs/Equipment
$880,150$493,781$359,99257.4%41.8%86$86,786$68,507$16,89579.9%19.7%22.6%
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90A11Misc Agriculture$778,654$158,469$590,93521.1%78.8%92$32,728$14,418$17,74044.8%55.1%23.7%
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91E11Fisheries & Wildlife$685,241$241,174$439,84135.4%64.6%87$71,920$31,050$40,76143.2%56.8%7.8%
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Misc Communications/Electronics
$454,927$324,190$121,89272.6%27.3%91$40,869$34,972$5,06787.3%12.7%14.8%
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93N09Marijuana$246,319$61,357$119,69433.8%66.0%89$55,425$25$5,4000.5%99.5%-33.4%
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