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Fact Check: How much is Wall Street donating to Hillary Clinton's campaign?

She added that numbers from the campaign finance watch dogs at would say the same: You can go to and check that. I have more donations from students and teachers than I do from people associated with Wall Street.

According to, Clintons official campaign committee has raised nearly $77.5 million so far. And about $3.4 million came from donors in the financial and investment industries (OpenSecrets breaks it down into subcategories: Securities amp; Investment, Misc Finance, and Commercial Banks). Thats just a little over 4 percent of donations -- not exactly the 3 percent Clinton cited during Saturdays debate, but not far off the mark.

(The Clinton campaign later told CBS News that the candidate, during the debate, was only referring to OpenSecrets number from the Securities amp; Investment industry. The $2.04 million given by those in this category make up only 2.6 percent of total campaign donations.)

And as for whether or not more teachers and students donate to the campaign, lists donors in the education industry as giving only about $1.96 million. It ranks fifth of the top industries that donate to Clintons campaign. The securities amp; investment industry ranks one slot higher: its the fourth industry that gives most.

After the debate, the campaign told CBS News that by their accounting, all donations that come from teachers and students (including university professors, tutors, retired teachers, even yoga instructors) actually add up to just over $3 million. According to campaign spokesperson Josh Schwerin, OpenSecrets accounting does not include the campaigns fuller list of small-dollar donations.

Still, Clintons debate-night statement neglects to take into account the other funding sources that function outside of a candidates official campaign committee, like super PACs and other hybrid PACs. According to, outside groups backing Clinton -- including the super PAC Priorities USA Action -- add at least another $20 million into the fundraising mix. And Priorities USA alone has raised a total of $3.1 million from commercial banks and those in the securities and investment industry.

OpenSecrets further warns that only about 64 percent of total campaign and PAC contributions are actually identified and sorted by the industry they came from.

CBS News Hannah Fraser-Chanpong contributed to this report.

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