Corporate Political Donations

With the holidays upon us I was delighted to find a post over at Donkey Rising that one could use as a signpost when deciding where to spend one’s money this time of year. The bad news: a lot of retail and restaurant companies hate democracy. The good news: Costco and Arby’s are with us.

While policitians will rarely, if ever, change their ideology to suit critics (even constiuents), corporations are a different animal. All they care about are profits, and they contribute to the GOP because it’s the land of Big Business. If all freedom-loving Democrats reacted the way the Republicans do whenever they get a bug in their ass about boycotting Disney because it doesn’t sufficiently hate gay people, perhaps it would affect profits enough that the opportunistic corporations wouldn’t feed the Anti-Thought Machine that is the Republican Party.


  • Price Club/Costco donated $225K, of which 99% went to democrats
  • Rite Aid, $517K, 60% to democrats
  • Magla Products (Stanley tools, Mr. Clean), $22K, 100% to democrats
  • Warnaco (undergarments), $55K, 73% to democrats
  • Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, $153K, 99% to democrats
  • Estee Lauder, $448K, 95% to democrats
  • Guess ? Inc., $145K, 98% to democrats
  • Calvin Klein, $78K, 100% to democrats
  • Liz Claiborne, Inc., $34K, 97% to democrats
  • Levi Straus, $26K, 97% to democrats
  • Olan Mills, $175K, 99% to democrats
  • Gallo Winery, $337K, 95% to democrats
  • Southern Wine & Spirits, $213K, 73% to democrats
  • Joseph E. Seagrams & Sons (includes beverage business, plus considerable media interests), $2M+, 67% democrats
  • Sonic Corporation, $83K, 98% democrat
  • Triarc Companies (Arby’s, T.J. Cinnamon’s, Pasta Connections), $112K, 96% Democrats
  • Hyatt Corporation, $187K, 80% to democrats


  • WalMart, $467K, 97% to republicans
  • K-Mart, $524K, 86% to republicans
  • Home Depot, $298K, 89% to republicans
  • Target, $226K, 70% to republicans
  • Circuit City Stores, $261K, 95% to republicans
  • 3M Co., $281K, 87% to republicans
  • Hallmark Cards, $319K, 92% to republicans
  • Amway, $391K, 100% republican
  • Kohler Co. (plumbing fixtures), $283K, 100% republicans
  • B.F. Goodrich (tires), $215K, 97% to republicans
  • Proctor & Gamble, $243K, 79% to republicans
  • Coors, $174K, 92% to republicans; (also Budweiser – sd)
  • Brown-Forman Corp. (Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, Bushmills, Korbel wines – as well as Lennox China, Dansk, Gorham Silver), $644, 80% to republicans
  • Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. (chicken), $366K, 100% republican
  • Outback Steakhouse, $641K, 95% republican
  • Tricon Global Restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell), $133K, 87% republican
  • Brinker International (Maggiano’s, Brinker Cafe, Chili’s, On the
    Border, Macaroni Grill, Crazymel’s, Corner Baker, EatZis), $242K, 83% republican
  • Waffle House, $279K, 100% republican
  • McDonald’s Corp., $197K, 86% republican
  • Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, Bahama Breeze), $121K, 89% republican;
    Mariott International, $323K, 81% to republicans
  • Holiday Inns, $38K, 71% to republicans

–whazz on

13 thoughts on “Corporate Political Donations

  1. Another interesting thing if you look through the site that sourced all of that information is Intel was leaning Democrat (53%) and Intuit was leaning Republican (58%).

  2. I’m not surprised that any tech company would lean Republican — every time we have an all hands the CEO is harping about why is unfair to count options as expenses. Any tech company that relies on options to lure employees (or at least reward them at review time) is going to do away with them if they have to expense. Corporations love Republicans because Republicans love rich people in general. Thanks for the info and the source link, I didn’t see it before and was wondering where I could get more data.

  3. One thing I forgot to add: it’s particularly fulfilling to donate money to EFF through Intuit’s donation matching system. I’m not sure if they know they’re donating to a defender of Free (and free) software. HA HA!

  4. Does Intuit skim some money off the top for “administration” with the donation matching? Intel’s non-education donation matching is pretty crappy because: 1) The charity won’t get 100% of the money you donate (I think 10% goes for expenses) and 2) The “matching” portion all goes to the local United Way instead of a charity of your choice.Education is great though since we can get both Intel and Boeing to match.

  5. We get free education money ($5000 a yr I think). I mostly use it for Wintellect classes and such, but Kendric is using his to get his BS. I think Judd wants to go get a Masters. I don’t really have any thoughts along those lines. I’m not sure a Masters in CS would do much for me in the field, and I really, really don’t want an MBA.

  6. Waffle house. WAFFLE HOUSE!!!!! We shulda never eaten there before we went gun shopping, moneypenny. Can you use your education money for whatever you want or does it have to be comp sci related? If whatever, you should get a boat load of BAs and take stained glass making classes or correspondence VCR repair classes. You could become the smartest man on earth.

  7. It has to be relevant to work at Intuit, so mainly computers, marketing, MBA, etc. Maybe I could coax them into something else by promising a stained-glass window for the break room.

  8. WalMart, $467K, 97% to republicans
    Big surprise there

    Coors, $174K, 92% to republicans; (also Budweiser – sd)
    “Moral” party, eh?

  9. I’m pretty sure one of the reasons that Pete Coors lost the Senate(?) seat in Colorado was because he couldn’t defend the “morality” of his company’s “AND TWINS~!” advertising campaign to the religious freaks.

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