US lawyers working for UK firms have backed Barack Obama’s presidential bid by donating nearly $400,000 to his campaign.
In an overwhelming show of support for the Democratic candidate, US employees at top UK-headquartered firms dug deep to fund his presidential bid, but largely ignored his Republican rival John McCain, whose campaign received $40,250 – a tenth of the Democrats’ total.
The figures come from the ;Federal ;Election Commission (FEC), which publishes details of all major donations to political parties and lobby groups.
The top fundraisers were firms with large numbers of US-based lawyers.
DLA Piper’s employees were by far the most generous, offering $272,866 to the Democratic cause and $12,850 to the Republicans.
The firm’s US-based chief executive Lee Miller is a staunch Democrat and has donated $28,500 this year – the maximum individual donation permitted by law.
Allen & Overy’s staff were the most pro-Republican, donating $17,900 to McCain.
They also donated $17,600 to ;Obama. ;Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was the most pro-Democrat firm, providing $27,450 for Obama but not a single cent for McCain.
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