Total donated: $36,170,831
Welcome to the C-suite. By far the wealthiest cadre, Business Executives include C-level executives, chairmen, directors, and presidents. Their companies run the gamut, from petroleum to manufacturing concerns, but they are all donors who identified themselves as leaders of some of America’s most profitable companies. American Crossroads—the Karl Rove-founded PAC—is the big winner here, with $14,026,850 in donations. Restore Our Future (Romney) is second with $8,307,560, while Winning Our Future (Gingrich) has netted $6,007,000. Texas businessman Harold Simmons (worth more than $9 billion, according to Forbes) has hedged his bets somewhat, giving $10 million to American Crossroads, $100,000 to Restore our Future, and $1 million to Winning Our Future.