There’s the rich, the really rich, and Linda McMahon.
How rich is Linda McMahon?
She gave away $68mil+ in political donations over the past decade. For reference, it would take the median household in America earning $59,000 over 1,172 years to just earn that amount of money.
That sum of money is basically an unimaginable amount of wealth for all but a very few people in the world and she just gave it away.
While Linda McMahon may have given the most money in political donations over the last decade, she is not alone in her ability and propensity to throw money into politics. So we decided to map the largest political contributor in each state based on FEC filings.
And before we go on, yes, Donald Trump did make the map. In fact, he has donated over $19mil from New York.
We dug into the donations to political parties and PACs by individuals over the last decade.
We obtained data from the Federal Election Committee. They provide detailed donation data for individuals from 2007 onwards — around 32,000,000 political donation records.
We then matched donors to the companies where they reported they worked. We considered a donor to be a unique combination of: