Charles T. Munger Jr., Palo Alto, CA
$13,574,243 to winners, $186,650 to losers
Charles Munger Jr., a physicist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, earned his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford. He has been active in state Republican politics, pushing a more moderate platform for the party. He fought to change California's congressional redistricting policy. He sponsored and heavily donated to 2010's Proposition 20, which removed elected representatives from the process of drawing new congressional districts. In 1989, he married attorney Charlotte Lowell, a Harvard Law School graduate. Munger is a one of eight children of Charles Munger, the billionaire vice chairman of financial holding company Berkshire Hathaway.
Total contributions: $14,093,488
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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