Philip Morris USA Inc., Richmond, VA
$36,655,166 to winners, $76,762 to losers
Philip Morris USA makes 41 brands of cigarettes, including Marlboro, Virginia Slims and Parliament. The company was incorporated in 1902, and William F. Gifford Jr. serves as CEO and president. Much of Philip Morris' campaign contributions since 2000 went toward defeating Proposition 86 in 2006, which would have imposed a $2.60 excise tax on every pack of cigarettes. The measure was narrowly defeated. The company also gave money to the California Business PAC to campaign against 2010's Proposition 19, which would have legalized, taxed and regulated marijuana.
Total contributions: $39,553,382
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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