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Tracking the Forbes 400

A look at the political contributions of America’s wealthiest Jews

Adam Teeter
November 06, 2012

Conventional wisdom has it that Jews go for Democrats—and according to the latest Gallup poll, that’s certainly true in this presidential election. But are big-time Jewish names actually putting their money where their mouths are?

We took a look at the Forbes 400 and checked out which presidential candidate the wealthiest Jews in the U.S. gave to this election. The list was compiled using and reflects the amount of money individuals are allowed to give to a single candidate in a calendar year, with the maximum the government allows being $5,000.

Barack Obama

Arthur Blank, Atlanta Falcons owner and Home Depot co-founder: $2,500

George Soros, Hedge Fund: $5,000

Sergey Brin, Google: $5,000

Robert Kraft, New England Patriots owner: $5,000

David Stern, NBA commissioner: $5,000

Adam Silver, future NBA commissioner: $3,500

Ralph Lauren, designer: $5,000

Steven Spielberg, director: $5,000

Edgar Bronfman, Seagrams liquor: $5,000

Leonard Lauder, chairman emeritus, Estée Lauder: $5,000

William P. Lauder, chairman, Estée Lauder: $5,000

Barry Diller, chairman, IAC: $5,000

Mitt Romney

Arthur Blank, Atlanta Falcons owner and Home Depot co-founder: $2,500

Bernard Marcus, Home Depot founder: $2,500

Sheldon Adelson, Sands Casinos: $5,000

John Paulson, Hedge Fund: $5,000

Ronald Perelman, investor: $3,000

Leonard N. Stern, real estate: $5,000

Steve Wynn, Wynn Resorts: $5,000

Daniel Snyder, Washington Redskins owner: $5,000

Jewish voters still favoring Obama [WaPo]

Adam Teeter is Tablet Magazine’s director of audience development.