Yes, you read that right. One tenth of one percent of the American public is responsible for one-quarter of all the cash given to political campaigns.

So, who are these people?

More than half are corporate executives of some sort. They tend to live in New York, Washington and Los Angeles. They give most of their money to party committees. In the 2010 election, each one of the one percent of the one percent gave more money to politics than the median individual income in the country.