Which Pols Got The Most In AIG Donations?

The Center for Responsive Politics lists the politicians who received the most in contributions from the now-struggling insurer AIG during the 2008 election cycle. No. 1? President Obama (about $104,000) with Sen. Chris Dodd right behind.

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

As we just heard, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, President Obama received more campaign contributions from AIG than any other politician during the 2008 election cycle. Senator Dodd was close behind. Both received about $104,000. AIG employees and the company's political action committee gave candidates some $630,000, more than $120,000 of that found its way to Washington after AIG received its first bailout.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

So who were the other top beneficiaries of AIG's political generosity? In third place: Senator John McCain with more than $59,000. He's followed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Max Baucus of Montana.

BLOCK: Rounding out the top 10 are former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, then-senator now-Vice President Joe Biden, Connecticut Congressman John Larson, former New Hampshire Senator John Sununu and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

NORRIS: AIG gave to candidates of both parties last year, though Democrats received 68 percent of the contributions. In all, over the past 10 years, the company has spent $72.6 million to lobby Congress and the White House.

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