Andrew Jerrold "Jerry" Perenchio, Los Angeles, CA
$1,815,200 to winners, $5,196,774 to losers
Jerry Perenchio greatly increased his fortune by selling Spanish-language broadcast company Univision for $13.7 billion in 2007. He is a major contributor to the Republican advocacy organization Progress for America and has donated to many other GOP candidates and campaigns. Perenchio has raised and donated millions to Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush and also was the national co-finance director for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. Perenchio also has supported some Democrats, including former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former California Gov. Gray Davis. In the 1970s, he organized the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs and the "Fight of the Century" featuring legendary heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
Total contributions: $16,927,588
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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