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Report: AFL-CIO, AFSCME, NEA top 2014 campaign donors; Koch No. 36

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In a major shift from the 2012 presidential campaign year, only two of the nation’s top 20 donors to federal campaigns favor the GOP, and a stunning 11 are labor unions including the AFL-CIO, and both teachers unions, according to a new report.

The highly respected Center for Responsive Politics put the pro-Democratic fundraising group ActBlue at the top of the organization donor list, coughing up over $30 million, with 99 percent going to Democrats.

Way down at No. 36 is Koch Industries, the conservatively run company Democrats claim control the GOP. The list includes campaigns, parties, federally-focused 527s, and super PACs.

Among individuals, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ranked second in donations, with $8,710,678 of his $9,495,798 going to Democrats and Democratic causes.

“One of the first things you may notice about the 2014 list is that of the top 20 organizations, only two favor Republicans. The rest, with the exception of one ‘on the fence’ trade association, all strongly prefer liberal policies and Democratic candidates,” said the report.

“This is a pronounced shift from 2012. In that election cycle, seven of the top 20 organizations favored conservatives,” said the report from the group well known for its website, OpenSecrets.org.

Among individual donors, the top three are also Democrats. The rest of the list is evenly split in who they give money to.

See their report here.

Top organizations are here.

Top individuals are here.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.