Even during the height of the expenses scandal the amount of money being given to political parties went up.
In fact, the figures just published by the Electoral Commission show that donations given between April and June this year were the fourth highest ever in any quarter.
The most generous donor was David Rowland, a financier, who gave more than a million pounds to the Conservatives.
The next five donors in order of largesse were all unions, giving money to the Labour party. You can take a look at the figures here. We'll be looking out for any interesting names - more later.
Update, 13:16: The money men...(and woman).
For all the political grumbling about "unacceptable" levels of bonuses in the City and tough words for irresponsible City practices, the list of the top donors to the political parties is still populated by plenty of people who earned their money in the City.
The top donor is David Rowland who gave more than a million pounds to the Conservative party.
He has told the BBC that he's planning to channel plenty more cash to the Tories in the next two years because he has a "passionate concern for liberty and the economic future of Britain".
He says Cameron's Conservatives will "set the people free" and has given them a cheque for a million pounds to make their mission that bit easier.
He says he is now living in London so that he can support the party rather than Guernsey where he had been based.
Others giving large amounts of money to the Conservatives - Michael Hintze and Michael Farmer for instance - have both made money from hedge funds.
There's also more than £300,000 from IPGL, a financial services business chaired by Michael Spencer, the treasurer of the Conservative party.
There's also a large donation from Susan Anstey, otherwise known as Lady Ashcroft, the wife of Michael Ashcroft, who is funding the Conservatives' work in marginal constituencies and has a desk in Tory HQ.
Labour is also receiving money from financiers - Sir Ronald Cohen, close to Gordon Brown, has given another quarter of a million pounds, along with Nigel Doughty a private equity man.
Labour has also been given cash by Hillside New Media, Ltd - the company behind the online gambling site Bet 365.
Labour might not be that impressed to know that the site is currently offering odds of 1/2 that the Conservatives will win the next election - Alan Johnson is the 1/1 favourite to be the next leader of the Labour party.
But their donations from the private sector are dwarfed by contributions from their union supporters - their top five donors were all unions, giving nearly £3m between them.
The Liberal Democrats biggest donors are Lord Alliance, the textiles millionaire, and the Joseph Rowntree Trust. Between them they gave nearly half a million pounds.