T. Boone Pickens Jr., Dallas, TX
$164,800 to winners, $551,000 to losers
T. Boone Pickens made his fortune in oil and also now owns significant water shares in Texas. His BP Capital biography describes him as a “surprising environmentalist,” citing the wind farm he developed through Mesa Power in the Texas Panhandle and his development of natural gas as an alternative to fossil fuels. In 2008, he developed the “Pickens Plan” for reducing dependence on foreign oil and still touts it today. In California, his political donations largely have supported Republican causes, though he donates to a wide range of philanthropic efforts, from medical research to education.
Total contributions: $3,735,800
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.