Comcast Employees Top Donors to Obama Campaign Accounts

Aug 25, 2011 3:52pm

ABC News' Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports:

Employees of media giant Comcast have contributed more money to President Obama’s reelection bid than employees from any other organization, according to a new analysis of Federal Election Commission data by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Comcast employees contributed nearly $80,000 directly to Obama for America and roughly $200,000 to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account benefitting both the Obama campaign and Democratic National Committee, through the first half of 2011 records show.

Comcast, the nation’s largest video and internet services provider, is the parent company of NBCUniversal, which owns broadcast networks NBC and Telemundo among other assets.

President Obama has recently spent time with top Comcast executives, attending an intimate fundraiser at the home of Comcast executive vice president David Cohen in Philadelphia in June and a private “social reception” at the Martha’s Vineyard estate of Comcast CEO Brian Roberts earlier this week.

Roberts, who serves on the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, has not yet personally contributed to Obama’s campaign, according to FEC records. 

Cohen, however, is a top Obama fundraiser, contributing the legal maximum to both the campaign and the DNC, and bundling more than $500,000 in contributions for the 2012 cycle from his friends and associates.

Michael Beckel with the Center for Responsive Politics said Comcast employees have also given to some Republican presidential candidates but in much smaller aggregate amounts.  Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty each collected $5,000 from Comcast employees. Records did not indicate any contributions with Comcast ties to Michele Bachmann or Ron Paul, he said.

The Obama campaign reported raising $47 million through June.  The Obama Victory Fund collected $39 million in the same period.

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