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Feb. 15, 2020, 9:12 a.m. EST

Not one S&P 500 CEO is donating to Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren

Democratic presidential hopefuls Klobuchar, Buttigieg and Biden each get money from at least five S&P chief executives

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By Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch , Katie Marriner

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Buttigieg, the former mayor of Indiana’s fourth-largest city, drew a donation from the head honcho at Indiana-based Simon Property Group Inc. /zigman2/quotes/209746667/composite SPG +15.47%  , David Simon. Biden, a longtime Delaware senator before he joined the Barack Obama 2008 presidential ticket, received a contribution from CEO Steven Collis of AmerisourceBergen Corp. /zigman2/quotes/201066379/composite ABC -0.48%  , which is based in Pennsylvania, the state where Biden was born and has his campaign headquarters.

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Klobuchar’s other S&P CEO contributions came from the bosses of Georgia-based Delta Air Lines Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200327741/composite DAL +5.50%  , Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202780307/composite HLT +1.00% and Maryland-based Marriott International Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200170042/composite MAR +3.00%  .

Buttigieg also got a contribution from Marriott’s boss.

His other S&P CEO donations came from the leaders of Ireland-based Allergan PLC , Delaware-based Incyte Corp. /zigman2/quotes/204510994/composite INCY -0.31%  , California-based Netflix Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202353025/composite NFLX +1.27%  , New York–based Nielsen Holdings PLC /zigman2/quotes/204674663/composite NLSN +1.94% and California-based Prologis Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200785374/composite PLD +2.53%  .

Biden’s other S&P CEO donations came from the heads of Connecticut-based Amphenol Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207999687/composite APH +5.35%  , California-based Essex Property Trust Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207865118/composite ESS +4.81%  , New York–based Henry Schein Inc. /zigman2/quotes/208390163/composite HSIC +4.03% and Nevada-based MGM Resorts International /zigman2/quotes/209932643/composite MGM 0.00% .

In fundraising overall, as of Dec. 31, Sanders has been leading the Democratic field when it comes to receiving money from supporters, raking in $96 million. But billionaire company founders Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer are well ahead of their fellow 2020 Democrats in spending, fueled by Bloomberg’s giving $200 million of his own money to his self-funded campaign and Steyer contributing $202 million to his.

Responses from campaigns and companies

“Unlike other candidates, Bernie doesn’t take money from rich corporate CEOs, doesn’t bend his policy proposals to their will and will never carry their water as president,” said the Sanders campaign’s national policy director and senior adviser, Josh Orton, in a statement. “In a Sanders administration, working families will finally have a president they can trust to deliver the progressive change we desperately need.”

Biden’s campaign declined to comment, and Buttigieg’s, Klobuchar’s and Warren’s teams didn’t respond to requests for comment. A Biden spokesman last year stressed that the former vice president’s 2020 effort was “powered by hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters who are backing him,” when the campaign was asked how voters should think about CEO support.

A Marriott spokeswoman said Wednesday that the company “does not comment on the personal political giving of our executives,” and a spokesman for rival hotelier Hilton said it’s “not a company’s place to comment on the personal donation of a team member.”

A Medtronic spokesman referred to a company policy of not commenting on personal political contributions of executives and employees, and General Mills said its employees are “free to make personal contributions to political campaigns as they wish.” Henry Schein said the company’s policy is to make no national political campaign contributions itself, and “individual contributions are just that — individual donations that have nothing to do with the company.”

Netflix and Nielsen declined to comment. Ecolab, Delta, Best Buy, Allergan, Simon, Prologis, Incyte, AmerisourceBergen, Amphenol, MGM Resorts and Essex didn’t respond to requests for comment.

S&P 500 CEOs giving to Trump

On the Republican side of the White House race, five S&P 500 CEOs have given their own money to President Donald Trump’s principal campaign committee.

Universal Health Services Inc.’s /zigman2/quotes/208539347/composite UHS +6.07% Alan Miller and Copart Inc.’s /zigman2/quotes/200378896/composite CPRT +2.32% Jay Adair each donated $5,600. Cintas Corp.’s /zigman2/quotes/201631915/composite CTAS +6.42% Scott Farmer contributed $2,500, Waste Management Inc.’s /zigman2/quotes/207732466/composite WM +3.90% Jim Fish gave $832.50, and Vornado Realty Trust’s /zigman2/quotes/207195881/composite VNO +5.93% Steve Roth gave $200.

A Waste Management spokeswoman said the company doesn’t comment on “the personal political contributions of our employees.”

The other four companies didn’t respond to requests for comment, nor did Trump’s campaign.

Read on: Trump and Democratic politicians keep coordinating with super PACs and other supposedly independent groups, study finds

This is an updated version of a report first published on Feb. 13, 2020.

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Victor Reklaitis is MarketWatch's Money & Politics reporter and is based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter @VicRek. Katie Marriner is MarketWatch's interactives editor. Follow her on Twitter @kemarriner.

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