R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Winston-Salem, NC
$25,604,324 to winners, $44,900 to losers
The company behind Camel cigarettes, R.J. Reynolds accounts for about 28 percent of cigarette sales in the United States. The firm, led by President Andrew D. Gilchrist, has been heavily involved in California politics – especially when a tobacco-related bill is on the ballot. In 2006, R.J. Reynolds spent $25 million to defeat Proposition 86, which would have imposed a $2.60 tax on each pack of cigarettes to fund health-related programs and services. Those donations account for the vast majority of the company's contributions in California.
Total contributions: $25,850,024
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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