Big Five firms back Bush.

George W Bush’s presidential campaign won the lion’s share of almost $4m contributed by accountants to this year’s US election, a Washington-based watchdog revealed this week, writes Jerry Frank.

The Republicans emerged as the Big Five’s party of choice clawing in 64% of donations. The firms as usual balanced contributions between both parties, but the traditional party of business, – the Republicans – swelled its war chest with $2.5m compared to $1.5m poured for the Democrats.

Ernst & Young’s public accounts committee was the biggest giver, contributing $850,886. Some $545,396 went to the Republicans. The firms gave Al Gore’s campaign $304,000.

The figures were compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics from Federal statistics.

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