Big Business will spend big bucks getting Republicans Elected!


How many times have you heard this since the Supreme Court struck down a section of the McCain Feingold Bill that limits contributions from business.   Our own President chided the court at the State of the union.   I posted the other day about the unions buying politicians in the Democrat party.   Well a woman named Susan O took great exception with my estimation of the situation.  She bought up the Koch Brothers and how they were buying the elections.   Well let’s dispense with her quickly.  The 2008 Presidential election was won by Democrats.  Lots of them were elected because people were just mad at the Republicans.  Understandable since they completely lost their way.  But to say that big business will buy elections for the Republicans is just plain uninformed.  Most businesses understand that picking sides in this country will get you in the outs real fast.  So they ride the middle.  Giving to one party slightly higher than the other.  But never leaning too far one way or the other in case of emergency.  Here are the top 140 donors since 1989.

LEGEND: Republican   Democrat   On the fence



= Between 40% and 59% to both parties
= Leans Dem/Repub (60%-69%)
= Strongly Dem/Repub (70%-89%)
= Solidly Dem/Repub (over 90%)
Rank Organization Total ’89-’10 Dem % Repub % Tilt
1 ActBlue $51,124,846 99% 0%
2 AT&T Inc $46,292,670 44% 55%
3 American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $43,477,361 98% 1%
4 National Assn of Realtors $38,721,441 49% 50%
5 Goldman Sachs $33,387,252 61% 37%
6 American Assn for Justice $33,143,279 90% 8%
7 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $33,056,216 97% 2%
8 National Education Assn $32,024,610 93% 6%
9 Laborers Union $30,292,050 92% 7%
10 Teamsters Union $29,319,982 93% 6%
11 Carpenters & Joiners Union $29,265,808 89% 10%
12 Service Employees International Union $29,140,232 95% 3%
13 American Federation of Teachers $28,733,991 98% 0%
14 Communications Workers of America $28,376,306 98% 0%
15 Citigroup Inc $28,065,874 50% 49%
16 American Medical Assn $27,597,820 40% 59%
17 United Auto Workers $27,134,252 98% 0%
18 National Auto Dealers Assn $26,311,758 32% 67%
19 Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union $26,229,477 98% 0%
20 United Parcel Service $25,290,039 36% 62%
21 United Food & Commercial Workers Union $25,226,733 98% 1%
22 Altria Group $24,643,651 27% 72%
23 American Bankers Assn $24,048,220 40% 59%
24 National Assn of Home Builders $23,461,905 35% 64%
25 EMILY’s List $23,391,763 99% 0%
26 National Beer Wholesalers Assn $22,757,795 34% 65%
27 JPMorgan Chase & Co $22,514,838 51% 48%
28 Microsoft Corp $21,691,408 53% 46%
29 National Assn of Letter Carriers $20,943,434 88% 10%
30 Time Warner $20,327,541 72% 27%
31 Morgan Stanley $20,245,499 44% 54%
32 Lockheed Martin $19,839,004 43% 56%
33 General Electric $19,725,132 51% 48%
34 Verizon Communications $19,690,873 40% 58%
35 Credit Union National Assn $18,908,979 48% 51%
36 AFL-CIO $18,900,396 95% 4%
37 FedEx Corp $18,816,940 40% 58%
38 Bank of America $18,699,265 46% 53%
39 National Rifle Assn $18,209,746 17% 82%
40 Blue Cross/Blue Shield $18,197,594 39% 60%
41 Ernst & Young $18,183,788 44% 55%
42 Sheet Metal Workers Union $18,111,313 97% 1%
43 International Assn of Fire Fighters $17,731,993 81% 17%
44 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union $17,635,976 94% 4%
45 American Hospital Assn $17,562,729 53% 45%
46 Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu $17,445,497 35% 64%
47 American Dental Assn $17,371,235 46% 53%
48 Operating Engineers Union $17,122,185 85% 14%
49 PricewaterhouseCoopers $16,699,488 37% 62%
50 Air Line Pilots Assn $16,586,697 84% 15%
51 UBS AG $16,428,222 40% 58%
52 Natl Assn/Insurance & Financial Advisors $15,984,854 42% 57%
53 AFLAC Inc $15,832,719 44% 55%
54 Boeing Co $15,641,085 47% 52%
55 Pfizer Inc $14,900,921 31% 68%
56 Union Pacific Corp $14,883,203 25% 74%
57 United Steelworkers $14,677,901 99% 0%
58 United Transportation Union $14,475,010 88% 10%
59 Merrill Lynch $14,295,360 37% 61%
60 Ironworkers Union $14,142,975 92% 6%
61 Reynolds American $13,687,778 24% 75%
62 Northrop Grumman $13,560,724 43% 56%
63 American Institute of CPAs $13,367,435 42% 57%
64 American Postal Workers Union $13,312,673 95% 3%
65 Credit Suisse Group $13,138,060 44% 55%
66 National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn $13,029,671 51% 48%
67 BellSouth Corp $12,993,782 45% 54%
68 Anheuser-Busch $12,862,221 48% 51%
69 General Dynamics $12,566,267 47% 52%
70 Comcast Corp $11,888,339 56% 43%
71 American Financial Group $11,760,437 18% 81%
72 Walt Disney Co $11,753,831 68% 31%
73 Exxon Mobil $11,677,631 13% 85%
74 National Air Traffic Controllers Assn $11,630,988 80% 18%
75 Chevron $11,530,759 24% 75%
76 GlaxoSmithKline $11,522,090 29% 70%
77 KPMG LLP $11,478,786 34% 65%
78 Club for Growth $11,357,288 1% 96%
79 DLA Piper $11,357,157 67% 32%
80 Raytheon Co $11,333,292 46% 52%
81 News Corp $11,270,692 58% 41%
82 Natl Active & Retired Fed Employees Assn $11,265,500 77% 21%
83 Koch Industries $11,002,235 10% 89%
84 Honeywell International $11,001,355 47% 52%
85 Human Rights Campaign $10,501,271 90% 9%
86 National Restaurant Assn $10,354,545 16% 82%
87 New York Life Insurance $10,274,174 52% 46%
88 Associated Builders & Contractors $10,264,858 1% 98%
89 Wal-Mart Stores $10,178,938 27% 71%
90 Southern Co $10,162,887 31% 67%
91 Saban Capital Group $10,139,185 99% 0%
92 American Health Care Assn $10,114,879 52% 46%
93 American Academy of Ophthalmology $10,043,708 52% 47%
94 Prudential Financial $10,033,181 50% 49%
95 MBNA Corp $10,029,256 17% 82%
96 Newsweb Corp $9,957,850 98% 0%
97 UST Inc $9,950,761 21% 78%
98 American Society of Anesthesiologists $9,867,537 42% 57%
99 MetLife Inc $9,867,248 54% 45%
100 AIG $9,828,364 50% 49%
101 Freddie Mac $9,819,600 43% 56%
102 American Crystal Sugar $9,792,339 62% 37%
103 CSX Corp $9,791,929 33% 65%
104 Associated General Contractors $9,753,590 15% 84%
105 Indep Insurance Agents & Brokers/America $9,698,525 40% 59%
106 General Motors $9,678,878 39% 60%
107 Securities Industry & Financial Mkt Assn $9,678,182 44% 55%
108 Eli Lilly & Co $9,630,679 31% 68%
109 National Cmte to Preserve Social Security & Medicare $9,610,115 80% 18%
110 Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance $9,606,748 39% 59%
111 American Optometric Assn $9,477,163 59% 40%
112 Lehman Brothers $9,357,030 54% 44%
113 American Maritime Officers $9,285,471 46% 52%
114 Transport Workers Union $8,994,649 95% 4%
115 Amway/Alticor Inc $8,872,278 0% 99%
116 Seafarers International Union $8,727,594 85% 14%
117 National Cmte for an Effective Congress $8,707,940 99% 0%
118 National Fedn of Independent Business $8,608,362 7% 92%
119 Archer Daniels Midland $8,522,673 44% 55%
120 American Airlines $8,467,294 47% 52%
121 Ford Motor Co $8,453,192 38% 61%
122 Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp $8,383,535 31% 68%
123 Fannie Mae $8,362,326 54% 45%
124 Painters & Allied Trades Union $8,337,796 88% 10%
125 National Assn of Broadcasters $8,218,537 45% 54%
126 Skadden, Arps et al $8,135,046 78% 21%
127 MCI Inc $8,092,972 46% 53%
128 Wachovia Corp $8,059,347 31% 68%
129 American Council of Life Insurers $7,930,665 38% 61%
130 Amalgamated Transit Union $7,776,918 93% 6%
131 Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assn $7,713,366 45% 54%
132 American Trucking Assns $7,704,240 28% 71%
133 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn $7,598,877 74% 24%
134 Bristol-Myers Squibb $7,370,699 22% 77%
135 Bear Stearns $7,145,772 55% 43%
136 Enron Corp $6,548,235 28% 71%
137 Andersen $6,253,977 37% 62%
138 BP $6,231,474 28% 70%
139 MGM Resorts International $6,190,170 48% 51%
140 Vivendi $4,704,596 66% 32%

Look how many companies sit on the fence.  Why do you think that is?   How many time has control of Government changed hands in your lifetime?  Plenty I bet.  And the business people are smart enough to give to everyone to get what they need.  Susan O is a leftist mime who has no original thought and has never once looked into where the money comes from.   She reads her leftist blogs and quotes them as if they are facts.   But the reality is that Big Business needs big friends and contrary to what Barack Obama, The Daly Kos and Media Matters say they will not lean heavily one way or the other.

Sure there are zealots like Soros and the Koch Brothers but their money is their own and not corporate.  This is a fact that seems to elude the left.  Who is really being impartial?   The unions, they make up less than 13 percent of the work force and wield more power through lobbying and direct contact with the Democrats than any special interest group.   So spare me you rants about the right and look at where the real walk around money is generated.  In the Minority of the unions.

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4 responses to “Big Business will spend big bucks getting Republicans Elected!

  1. SpeakUpNJ

    SusanO is a Liberal Union Zealot with her talking points given her by the Union Boss. What she said was absurd but I commend you for spending the time to document the absurdity. But please do not spend too much time on the SusanOs. They represent the rants of a dying breed…Progressive Liberal Socialists. Her “American Dream” is an America of One World Order ruled under the Global Union Jack Boot. American individuality, liberty and opportunity are not even in her lexicon. And she is in pain watching her dream die in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, California(of all places) New Jersey, etc etc. Bypass what SusanOs are saying and keep reporting what they are DOING to our country. You know the old saying….”How do you know a SusanO is lying? Her lips are moving!” Thanks for the update!

    • madmike59

      Fear not speak up. She was merely the impetuous for this post. The real point is that the perception of our own President is a fallacy designed to trick us. He is a Public Union hack.

  2. Artsychick

    The breakdown, although informative, is hardly surprising. Big Oil, big pharma, big insurance and the NRA overwhelmingly contribute toward the republican cause. Unions, which are not corporations but represent and are funded by working people, contribute to the democrats. Is it any surprise that the republicans want to destroy what little is left of the labor movement?

    • madmike59

      Overwhelmingly? Exxon Mobil contributed 11 million during that election cycle and AFSME spent 43 Million. For the record the money that AFSME spent was mostly our tax dollars given to the union in dues and contributions from members (our tax dollars) and you want to talk about influence? Look at all the companies that play both sides. Why do you think that is? They want both to like them. The unions pick sides but they use a big stick on elected officials who are such cowards that they fear backlash and losing elections. We have cowards running our country. Not great people. BTW thanks for reading back. That post was a while ago.

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