William A. Robinson
$116,600 to winners, $3,700,000 to losers
William Armsted Robinson, the wealthy co-founder of Document Handling Limited, has largely maintained a low political profile, devoting time and money to breeding rare Portuguese show horses in Idaho and supporting a chimpanzee refuge in his home state of Louisiana. He also has a home in California. In the last decade, he broke from his reclusive trend and donated heavily to Arnold Schwarzenegger and causes related to the Republican governor. A spokesman told Fox News that Robinson donated to Schwarzenegger because he wanted “to make California more attractive to business.” In 2003, Robinson donated $100,000 to Schwarzenegger's Total Recall Committee but did not report it within the required time. The California Fair Political Practices Commission fined him $10,000.
Total contributions: $3,843,850
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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