The 2022 midterm cycle is shaping up to be one of the most expensive on record, with both parties spending billions in their efforts to capture control of the House, the Senate, and governorships.
Election-related spending is expected to surpass $16.7 billion, according to an analysis from OpenSecrets.
The most expensive race on the ballot this year has been the one for Pennsylvania Senate, with spending in the contest exceeding $300 million from the candidates’ campaigns and outside groups.
Here are the 10 largest individual donors, according to OpenSecrets.
A perennial Democratic donor and something of a bogeyman on the right, Soros gave a whopping $128,485,971 to Democrats this cycle.
That far exceeded what he contributed during the 2018 midterm election, when he donated just $20 million.
Shipping magnate Richard Uihlein donated $80,707,168 to Republicans this cycle. He is the top Republican donor in the 2022 midterm cycle.
The CEO of hedge fund Citadel, Kenneth Griffin has given $68,557,100 to Republicans this cycle.
Citadel announced this year that it would move its headquarters from Chicago to Miami because of crime, as a number of other companies have done this year.
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Jeffrey Yass has given $47,296,500 to Republicans and their outside spending groups in 2022.
Republican-affiliated billionaire Timothy Mellon has given $40,046,515 in contributions this cycle, with all but $10,700 going to Republicans.
Wealthy cryptocurrency guru Sam Bankman-Fried has given $36,793,956 to Democrats and just $235,200 to Republicans this cycle.
Chicago-based Fred Eychaner has given $35,784,000 to Democrats.
The chairman and CEO of the Blackstone Group, a Wall Street investment firm, Schwartzman has given $35,526,858 to Republicans in this midterm election and has been a prominent donor in GOP circles previously.
Peter Thiel has become a power broker in Republican politics and has donated $32,623,342 to Republicans this cycle.
Thiel has been a major backer of two top Republican Senate candidates: Blake Masters in Arizona and J.D. Vance in Ohio.
The billionaire founder of Oracle, Larry Ellison has given $31,007,944 to Republicans, according to the OpenSecrets analysis.
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