Power Players: Pennsylvania's top political donors, 2011-2012

Ten wealthy Pennsylvanians, including a husband supporting his wife for political office and a gay man seeking equality, contributed nearly $9 million to their favorite candidates. PublicSource, working with the Investigative News Network, identified the 10 biggest campaign contributors in the state using state and federal campaign data.

1 CHRISTOPHER KANE, Clarks Summit, PA Chief Customer Strategy Officer/board member at Kane is Able, Inc. 5 donations: 4 to candidates and 1 to committees
    $2,253,125
    2 JOHN M. TEMPLETON, JR., Bryn Mawr, PA President and Chairman of the Templeton Foundation 119 donations: 52 to candidates and 67 to committees
      $2,109,560
      3 MEL HEIFETZ, Philadelphia, PA Real Estate investor 80 donations: 67 to candidates and 13 to committees
        $1,108,900
        4 ROCCO ORTENZIO, Lemoyne, PA Executive chairman of Select Medical Corp. 19 donations: 15 to candidates and 4 to committees
          $1,027,950
          5 VAHAN GUREGHIAN, Gladwyne, PA Entrepreneur, Founder Charter School Management Inc. 111 donations: 48 to candidates and 63 to committees
            $806,120
            6 SCOTT WAGNER, York, PA President and owner of Penn Waste Inc. 55 donations: 40 to candidates and 15 to committees
              $369,684
              7 DANIEL BERGER, Philadelphia, PA Managing Partner of Berger & Montague 41 donations: 29 to candidates and 12 to committees
                $356,250
                8 JOEL GREENBERG, Bala Cynwyd, PA Partner in Susquehanna International Group 23 donations: 14 to candidates and 9 to committees
                  $348,000
                  9 RICHARD M. SCAIFE, Pittsburgh, PA Owner and Publisher of The Pittsburgh Tribune Review 25 donations: 17 to candidates and 8 to committees
                    $292,000
                    10 ARTHUR DANTCHIK, Bala Cynwyd, PA Partner in Susquehanna International Group 19 donations: 14 to candidates and 5 to committees
                      $275,800
                      11 JEFFERY YASS, Bala Cynwyd, PA Partner in Susquehanna International Group 24 donations: 21 to candidates and 3 to committees
                        $226,800
                        1 DONALD AND SUSAN SIMMS, Gibsonia, PA United Mining Equipment | West Pennsylvania Allegheny Health Systems 67 donations: 60 to candidates and 7 to committees
                          $313,800
                          2 MARIE AND JOSEPH FIELD, Bala Cynwyd, PA Retired teacher | Entercomm Communications Corp. 63 donations: 29 to candidates and 34 to committees
                            $308,050
                            3 RHONDA AND DAVID COHEN, Philadelphia, PA Attorney, Former trustee at Community College of Philadelphia | Comcast Corporation executive 66 donations: 32 to candidates and 34 to committees
                              $293,500

                              Sources: Center for Responsive Politics, National Institute on Money in State Politics, Federal Elections Commission and Pennsylvania Department of State.

                              Credits:PublicSource would like to thank The Center for Investigative Reporting for the use of their political contributions app, Rainmaker. The Investigative News Network coordinated the work between the many organizations sharing information for this project. Reporters Halle Stockton, Emily DeMarco and Reid Fraizer also contributed to this project.