Ted Cruz has raised $11 million from Robert Mercer, a computer programmer who is the CEO of the hedge fund Renaissance Technologies. In addition to donating to Cruz’s campaign, Mercer supports the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and Breitbart.com. Robert Mercer is the single largest donor in the 2016 election thus far.
The second largest donation, by oil and natural gas investor Toby Neugebauer, is also to Ted Cruz. Neugebauer is a fellow Houstonian who’s given $10 million to the pro-Cruz SuperPAC “Keep the Promise.”
Hillary Clinton’s largest donor is George Soros, who founded the successful hedge fund Soros Fund Management. Soros is known for his support of liberal candidates and backed President Obama over Senator Clinton in the 2008 primaries. He’s donated $7 million to Clinton so far.
The key takeaway here is that while Cruz and Clinton have raised nearly all of their finance money from a handful of key players.
Which of these candidates is closest to your views on Wall St.?