For three decades, federal laws restrained how much money rich people could pour into presidential campaigns. No more.
Because of a series of court decisions, the limits have effectively disappeared, and this election is the first to see the full effect.
Wealthy individuals — many of whom are executives in the financial services, energy, technology and entertainment industries — have given millions to the super PACs supporting candidates.
So far the names of 86 donors of $500,000 or more have been revealed in campaign disclosure forms. Here’s a look at who they are.
Illustration: David Horsey
Credits: Sahil Chinoy and Erin Rode
Footnote: The totals on this page include contributions to super PACs supporting candidates from Jan. 1 through the most recent Federal Election Commission filing cycle ending June 30.
Sources: Federal Election Commission, Times research