Newsflash: Rich people supporting Republicans

The newest Forbes 400 analysis listing the wealthiest people in the United States was released on Wednesday and the majority of the top 10 richest individuals are, as luck would have it, supporters of Republican Party candidates.

But the top two richest individuals in the United States are backers of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Microsoft frontman Bill Gates maintained his status as the wealthiest American with a fortune of $57 billion, while businessman and philanthropist Warren Buffett came in second at $50 billion.

Gates and Buffett have given a combined total of $6,900 to Obama’s campaign, but the majority of those who were ranked as being in the richest top 10 are Republican supporters this election cycle, according records from the Federal Election Commission:

1. Bill Gates (Microsoft/$57 billion) — $2,300 to Obama, $2,300 to Hillary Clinton

2. Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway/$50 billion) — $4,600 to Obama

3. Lawrence Ellison (Oracle/$27 billion) — $2,300 to Rudy Giuliani

4. Jim C. Walton (Wal-Mart/$23.4 billion) — $2,550 to John McCain

5. S. Robson Walton (Wal-Mart/ $23.3 billion) — No presidential contributions

6. Christy Walton and family (Wal-Mart/$23.2 billion) — No presidential contributions

7. Alice Walton (Wal-Mart/$23.2 billion) — $2,300 to Clinton

8. Michael Bloomberg (Bloomberg/$20 billion) — $250 to Giuliani

9. Charles Koch (manufacturing, energy/$19 billion) — $4,600 to McCain, $2,300 to Sam Brownback

10. David Koch (manufacturing, energy/$19 billion) — $2,600 to McCain, $4,600 to Mitt Romney

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Erin Rosa

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature.

Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state.

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