Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.)

The Dow’s recent skids have investors on edge about how bad things might get on Wall Street. But there is one thing they can count on: the financial industry’s place as a top donor to congressional candidates cycle after cycle. Consider some of the pivotal House races taking shape, for example, where Wall Street is flexing its donor muscle. Opensecrets.org looked at Wall Street giving to candidates in 17 races identified as tossups by the Cook Political Report, Rothenberg and Gonzales Political Report and/or Larry J. Sabato’s Crystal Ball. As of June 30, incumbent Reps. Robert Dold (R-Ill.) and Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) were Nos. 1 and 2 in money from Wall Street in these races, both in terms of total amount and as a share of their overall fundraising hauls. Dold, who was first elected in 2010 but was booted by voters in the next election before winning the seat back last year, brought in 13 percent of his total, or $162,000, from private equity firms, investment banks, hedge funds and other elements of Wall Street (in OpenSecrets vernacular, Wall Street includes the securities and investment and commercial banking industries). Poliquin, a freshman who won narrowly in his pro-Obama district, can credit Wall Street for 12 percent of his funds — about $132,000. The securities and investment industry has been the top industry contributor to Dold during this election cycle, and the second largest to Poliquin. Two Democrats who are challenging Dold in Illinois —…

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