Bradley Wayne Hughes, Lexington, KY
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$185,600 to winners, $1,356,100 to losers
Bradley Wayne Hughes founded the self-storage company Public Storage in Glendale, Calif., in 1972. Today, Public Storage has more than 2,100 locations worldwide. With a $200 million donation, Hughes helped found the Parker Hughes Cancer Center in Minnesota, which was named after his late son. The center researched children’s leukemia and other forms of child cancer until it filed for bankruptcy in 2007. Hughes is a major donor to Republican candidates and in 2010 contributed more than $3 million to American Crossroads, a conservative political organization started by Karl Rove. Hughes also owns and breeds thoroughbred racing horses.
Total contributions: $2,276,700
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Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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