California Dental Association, Sacramento, CA
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$3,326,275 to winners, $622,538 to losers
The California Dental Association is a nonprofit organization representing more than 24,000 dentists in California. It is the largest constituent of the American Dental Association. The California Dental Association is among the most active associations of its kind, engaging in member services and promoting oral health and the dentistry profession. The CDA Foundation, established in 2001, and The Dentists Insurance Company, established in 1980, are both operated and owned by the association. The group has donated $1.22 million to the state Democratic Party and $1.16 million to the state Republican Party, as well as to more than 350 candidates.
Total contributions: $6,958,908
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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