Donald G. Fisher, San Francisco, CA
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$689,309 to winners, $232,333 to losers
Donald G. Fisher, who died of cancer in 2009, was a lifelong San Francisco resident. Fisher worked for his family's cabinet business and in real estate before opening the clothing store that became the Gap in 1969. Fisher also was a founding member of the Presidio Trust in San Francisco. He served as a governor of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and spent $100 million to buy a stake in the San Francisco Giants to keep the team from moving. He and his wife, Doris, also lobbied to prevent the sale of the former Presidio Army base to private developers; the site is now a public park. A moderate Republican, Fisher helped finance Teach for America. He and his wife made numerous philanthropic donations – one of the largest was $60 million to the nonprofit charter school operator KIPP. Fisher was an art collector and a major donor to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The couple was also active in the San Francisco Jewish community.
Total contributions: $1,279,642
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Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
Credits: Interactive by Michael Corey, Coulter Jones and Chase Davis. Reporting by Coulter Jones. Badge design by Thomas Guffey. Additional reporting by Stanford University students enrolled in a Communications Department investigative reporting class under the direction of California Watch Editorial Director Mark Katches. The project began in January 2011. Students participating were: Devin Banerjee, Daniel Bohm, Kathleen Chaykowski, Tom Corrigan, Cassandra Feliciano, Jamie Hansen, Amy Harris, Josh Hicks, Ellen Huet, Julia James, Paul Jones, Ryan Mac, Valentina Nesci, Dean Schaffer, Elizabeth Titus and Kareem Yasin. Bohm, Hansen, Huet, Harris and Titus continued to work on the project as California Watch interns under the direction of Associate Editor Denise Zapata.