While Protesters Occupy Wall Street, Wall Street Occupies Congress

October 18, 2011 4:17 pm ET — Jamison Foser

Much like Wall Street compensation packages, the scale of campaign contributions from the financial services sector can be hard to wrap your head around. Yes, the finance/real estate/insurance sector consistently doles out more campaign cash than any other industry — but that doesn't even begin to tell the story. So far in the 2011-2012 cycle, the financial services sector has given a whopping $96 million — more than twice as much as the next-most-generous sector (excluding "Other," which is largely retirees, and "Misc Business," which is too broad to be meaningful). 

Even more remarkable: The financial services sector has contributed more money this cycle than the Defense, Transportation, Labor, Agribusiness, Construction, and Energy/Natural Resources sectors combined:

Finance/Insurance/Real Estate Money