Peter V. Sperling, Phoenix, AZ
$109,600 to winners, $9,003,000 to losers
Peter Sperling's father, John G. Sperling, founded of the University of Phoenix in 1976. In 1983, Peter Sperling joined the successful endeavor as director of management information services. Over the years, he has increased his wealth by buying and selling stock and founding communications companies Communication Services Inc. and CallWave Inc. In California, Sperling was a major donor to Proposition 7, a 2008 ballot measure that would have required California utilities to obtain half of their power from renewable resources by 2025. The proposition failed.
Total contributions: $9,155,000
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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