Sen. Patty Murray to Take On Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Post

Jeffrey ErnstFriedman | November 30, 2010

Nov. 30, 2010 - According to Politico's Manu Raju, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is expected to head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the 2012 election cycle.

In an article published on Tuesday, Raju explains that the decision is a reunion for Murray, who ran the committee in the 2002 election cycle and has proven to be a prolific fundraiser. Murray, who is the highest-ranking female senator, could see her power and stature grow after taking the DSCC chair for a second cycle – particularly if she’s successful in a challenging election environment. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had a tough time selecting a replacement because of the high demands involved with fundraising and recruiting – and found a natural fit in Murray, who doesn’t have to face voters for another six years.

Below is a list of the top ten industries and companies that have funded the Washington Democrat over the past six years, groups that could benefit if Murray climbs the ranks of the Democratic Party.

Top 10 Interests Funding

Lawyers/Law Firms$765,259
Health Professionals$354,038
Women's Issues$344,120
Real Estate$248,003
Sea Transport$247,875
Securities & Investment$247,182
Business Services$246,116
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$241,450

Top 10 Organizations Funding

Microsoft Corporation$174,875
Emilys List$150,758
Boeing Company$98,300
University of Washington$60,050
Weyerhaeuser Company$50,199
Amgen Incorporated$39,800
K and L Gates$35,900
State of Washington$32,100
United Airlines$27,600

Contributions above are for the last six years of available data, Oct 14, 2004 - Oct 13, 2010. Contributions from political parties and from other candidates are not included in the "Top 10" lists. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (