Wall Street’s Political Currency

This interesting graphic accompanies a Times article how some Wall Street executives contributed to candidates.

Congress pushed and prodded with rules and regulations, and Wall Street pushed back. But lawmakers also gave tax breaks and eased some rules, allowing the money crowd more room to run. Behind the scenes, financiers sought support on Capitol Hill — usually with a campaign contribution in hand.

With sweeping reforms coming, the Wall Street-Washington connection may be more important than ever, and political connections may be the new currency for dealmakers.

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