March 18th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
9 years ago

AIG's political donations

(CNN) - As Congress grills AIG's chief executive Wednesday, here's a look at the top ten political recipients of AIG donations for the 2008 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The top ten recipients of AIG donations for the 2008 election cycle:

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut: $103,100
President Barack Obama: $101,332
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona: $59,499
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: $35,965
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana: $24,750
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney: $20,850
Vice President Joe Biden: $19,975
Rep. John Larson, D-Connecticut: $19,750
Sen. John Sununu, R-New Hampshire: $18,500
FormerpPresidential candidate Rudy Giuliani: $13,200

Filed under: AIG • Congress
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Jim

    No Bail Out can save them.

    They are going to fail anyway.

    AIG is Defunct. AIG executives are Crooks.

    AIG System, Procedures and Operations are Fraudulent.

    Put them to Trial, Sooner than Later.

    March 18, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. J.P.

    Wow, the top two recipients snared almost more than the remaining eight combined. And let's see.. who were those two? Oh yes, Barry Soetoro Dunham and Chris "Subprime" Dodd. Co-inky-dink? I think not.

    March 18, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. RobC

    Meh. Not enough to really influence policy, IMO. Didn't Obama raise $780+ million??? A 2:1 ration with McCain isn't much to speak of, especially considering Clinton and Romney are about even.

    March 18, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Dittohead

    can't wait for the liberal outrage about the 55K that McCain got.

    March 18, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Ghost this point, donations need to end. No loopholes, no end arounds, no nothing. This is getting freakin' ridiculous.

    March 18, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Ken from missouri

    They are all guilty not just the ones on this list wall street firms have
    been paying congress for years is this supposed to be new c'mon.

    March 18, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Gary H

    This article and headline are as disingenuous as most of the articles in your PoliticalTicker threads. CNN just loves to stir controversy. These are the top ten recipients of AIG Employee donations. The company is restricted by law to $2600.

    March 18, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Tom in S.A.

    They should give all that money back to, be true leaders.

    March 18, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Objective thinking

    No wonder why our government bends over backwards for AIG. I used to share the Republican concern about the government controlling our big banks, but lately (and this article reinforces it) I've been more concerned about the big banks controlling our government. Anytime a big bank needs money, they can just hold our economy hostage and say "The economy will fail if we don't get what we want." And the government caves in.

    March 18, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. spring

    none of these donations all put together add up to even one of the bonuses they gave to their employees, the donation money they gave was their money, the bonus money they gave was OURS.

    March 18, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. lovable liberal

    Hey, Dittohead, can't wait for the conservative outrage about the 55K that McCain got. Like that'll ever happen.

    March 18, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Objective thinking

    Gary H: Either way, it matters. If you get a bunch of money from AIG employees, you are less likely to turn your back on AIG knowing that those donors who would lose their jobs might not donate to you in the future.

    March 18, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Sniffit

    This is really moronic. AIG can't donate that much. It's restricted by law to $2,600. Those are just totals with respect to individual's donations who happen to be employees of AIG, so it's hard to see how it's all that relevant. Saying a politician will give a company special treatment because it's employees happen to give him more money than the rest of the employees gave the other guy....It's like saying Bush gave New Orleans special treatment because LA is a red state and gave him so many votes and contributions...oh yeah, he didn't....he actually screwed them.

    March 18, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Dentri

    Those senators are insane!.They give the mouse cheese now they want it back.Catch the mouse.IS crazy......Just looking at this list.The big mouth about bonuses are those who receive it too.They have to give it back too.Not only the employee.Rudy,Mcain Obama,Dodd,Biden.You gotta to be kidding.Those people they believe in justice when they take money from the same bowl......Geeez.The president,The vice president,The secretary of State,This is insane..Mr President,where is the hope ?????.The change(i find the answer(change the pockets)from republincans to Democrats....God forgive you.....

    March 18, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. marshall

    dood should resign. Now.

    March 18, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Sniffit


    March 18, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Steve

    This is what I have been telling anyone who will listen. Both Government and Big Business can do all the finger pointing they want. The sad reality is they are part and parcel of the same camp. They couldn't exist without each other. Pathetic.

    March 18, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Shelby- B'ham, AL

    Are these donations from AIG employees or from the company? If there from the employees on a individual basis, who cares? They have the right to support a candidate if they want. However, if these donations came on behalf of the company the funds should be returned ASAP.

    March 18, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Shooky

    Interesting, out of the top ten 6 are democrats 4 are Republicans. Pretty even. Take out the ones that had didn't have a bailout vote and it leans even more Democrat.

    $304,872.00 to D's
    $112.049.00 to R's

    But I'm sure all this "outrage" offsets the margins in which Obama and Dodd lead in donations.

    March 18, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Nathaniel

    I would also point out that the candidates who got this money RARELY knows who the contributors are, how much they gave, and who they work for. That is something the fundraiser takes care of. Candidates rarely know anything about their contributors... they only know about those who host the dinner parties or fundraising events. The fundraiser who raises their campaign warchests is the one who holds the most influence in this arena.

    March 18, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. obama-mama

    Okay everybody is in the receivable pot. Now what?

    March 18, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Fair is Fair

    What I see failed to be mentioned is that AIG insures congressional pension plans.

    Maybe that's why so much taxpayer money is being thrown at them, huh?

    March 18, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Watchful Cowboy

    As long as you can buy a candidate, senator, representative or president – this will happen. Democrat or Republican – Independent – whatever – money talks!

    March 18, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Ray Fisher

    No wonder why the failures occurred as the foxes were guarding the hen house. Another sad story of political malfeasance!!!

    March 18, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Gerry Mann

    AIG is too big. They wield too much clout. The business is over-complicated past the point where the oversight committee's can't do their work. It's time to break it up like we did with AT&T. Break it down into manageable divisions so we can put responsible people on problems that aren't too big to solve in the aggregate. Once we've healed, then they can re-aggregate into another mega-business that has the proper controls in place.

    March 18, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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