By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
Chiropractors make up just one of many groups providing funding for 2008 presidential candidates. Here is a summary of data made available during the month of February, 2008, which shows the top 11 presidential candidates chiropractors and chiropractic groups have made campaign contributions towards.
(photo: Top 11 Presidential Candidates receiving campaign contributions from chiropractic industry — 2008 election cycle)
According to the screenshot shown here, John Edwards (D) received the most financial support to date ($61,150), from members of the chiropractic profession. Edwards officially announced on January 30, 2008 that he has dropped out of the race for the White House. The final sentence of a letter appearing on his web site reads “Thank you. God bless you, and let’s go to work. Thank you all very much.”
Mitt Romney (R) comes in at number two with $20,250 being contributed to his campaign. The former Massachusetts Governor has been widely recognized for his leadership and accomplishments as a public servant and in private enterprise. Romney reportedly suspended his campaign for the presidential nomination on February 7, 2008 and endorsed John McCain for President on February 14, 2008.
Position number three ($13,400) goes to Rudolph Giuliani (R), a lawyer, businessman, and politician from the State of New York. Giuliani withdrew from the presidential race on January 30, endorsing John McCain.
Making the list at number four ($9,650) is New York Senator Hillary Clinton (D). As of the writing of this post, Mrs. Clinton is still in the presidential election race.
Barack Obama (D) appears in position number five ($8,555). The junior senator from Illinois is currently still in the race to become the next president of United States. Back in September of 2007 I posted an article regarding the Obama campaigns website success secrets. His web team has continued to do an impressive job of utilizing what the Internet has to offer.
Bill Richardson (D) made the list at number six ($7,350), Fred Thompson (R) made the list at number seven ($6,625), Mike Huckabee (R) appeared in position number eight ($2,750), and Duncan Hunter (R) appeared in position number nine ($500).
I was a bit surprised to see that John McCain (R) of Arizona, was in position number 10, with only $450 contributed towards his campaign. McCain is still in the race to be the nation’s next president.
It appears that most of the money chiropractors have donated has gone to candidates who have dropped out of the race. Looking at the list that couldn’t help but notice one name was absent. Where is Texas congressman Ron Paul? Surely, the Republican candidate (who has spoken publicly on mandatory vaccines) would have received some kind of funding from chiropractors. He is definitely the candidate who has received the most attention in chiropractic e-mail groups.
Well, the source for the screenshot above was made from a filtered list appearing on opensecrets.org. It was until after I began creating this post that I noticed Ron Paul wasn’t on the filtered list. Looking at the original list (which included the top 20 candidates receiving funding), the Texas congressman shows funding contributions of $16,288. That would have put him in position number three overall, receiving more funding than Rudolph Giuliani, but less than Mitt Romney.
The numbers appearing on this page are based on contributions from PACs and individuals giving $200 or more. All donations took place during the 2007-2008 election cycle and were released by the Federal Election Commission on Monday, February 11, 2008. Thank you to the Center for Responsive Politics/ for making this information available to the public.
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