L. John Doerr III, Woodside, CA
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John Doerr is a venture capitalist and prominent Democrat based in the Bay Area. He has invested in some of the most successful tech companies of the last 30 years, including Google, Amazon.com and Sun Microsystems. Doerr is an advocate of green technology and invested substantially in Sunnyvale-based Bloom Energy Inc. President Barack Obama appointed Doerr to the Economic Recovery Advisory Board in February 2009. Doerr is also on the boards of Google and Bono's ONE campaign.
Total contributions: $9,296,476
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