Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA
$5,753,392 to winners, $2,235,464 to losers
The Nature Conservancy is the biggest environmental nonprofit by revenue in the country. It works to preserve plants, animals and natural communities by protecting the lands and water they need to survive. It operates in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries. It has more than 1 million members. The organization – led by Mark Tercek, a former managing director at Goldman Sachs – has been criticized for partnering too closely with businesses that are labeled “unsustainable.”
Total contributions: $7,988,856
List of contributions
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.