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House Republican Whip Eric Cantor is showing major fundraising prowess as the GOP tries to take back control of the House.
So far during the 2010 election cycle, his political action committee, Every Republican Is Crucial has donated more than $1 million to 156 Republican candidates. That's more than hundreds of thousands above what any other such PAC connected to a lawmaker or candidate has reported, according to a CQ MoneyLine study of PACs through the second quarter of 2010.
The donations are part of $11.1 million in contributions this cycle by politician PACs -- which has topped all other industries in giving including building trades unions that contributed $10.1 million, unions-public employees unions giving almost $9.3 million and attorneys PACs that chipped in $8.1 million.
So far, politician PAC giving has benefitted Republicans slightly more as nearly $5.8 million went to GOP campaigns while less than $5.3 million has gone to Democrats ones.
The top 10 contributing politician PACs this cycle to federal candidates:
1. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., ERIC PAC with $1,008,096;
2. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., Ameripac: The Fund For A Greater America with $775,000;
3. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, The Freedom Project with $629,025;
4. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., PAC To The Future with $539,000;
5. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, People For Enterprise Trade and Economic Growth with $317,500;
6. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., Continuing A Majority Party Action Committee with $284,750;
7. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Senate Majority Fund with $267,000;
8. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Bluegrass Committee with $265,000;
9. Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., Defend America PAC with $240,000; and
10. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Alamo PAC with $227,500.