Where to spend your money…

Election Cycle political donations, as reported by the Center for Responsive Politics.


Price Club/Costco donated $225K, 99% went to Democrats

Rite Aid donated $517K, 60% went to Democrats 
Magla Products ( Stanley tools, Mr. Clean) donated $22K, 100% went to Democrats

Warnaco (undergarments) donated $55K, 73% went to Democrats

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia donated $153K, 99% went to Democrats

Estee Lauder donated $448K, 95% went to Democrats

Guess, Inc. donated $145K, 98% went to Democrats

Calvin Klein donated $78K, 100% went to Democrats

Liz Claiborne, Inc. donated $34K, 97% went to Democrats

Levi Straus donated $26K, 97% went to Democrats

Olan Mills donated $175K, 99% went to Democrats

WalMart donated $467K, 97% went to Republicans

K-Mart donated $524K, 86% went to Republicans

Home Depot donated $298K, 89% went to Republicans

Target donated $226K, 70% went to Republicans

Circuit City Stores donated $261K, 95% went to Republicans

3M Co. donated $281K, 87% went to Republicans

Hallmark Cards donated $319K, 92% went to Republicans

Amway donated $391K, 100% Republicans

Kohler Co. (plumbing fixtures) donated $283K, 100% Republicans

B.F. Goodrich (tires) donated $215K, 97% went to Republicans

Proctor & Gamble donated $243K, 79% went to Republicans


Southern Wine & Spirits donated $213K, 73% went to Democrats

Joseph E. Seagrams & Sons (incl. beverage business + considerable media interests) donated $2M+, 67% went to Democrats

Gallo Winery donated $337K, 95% went to Democrats

Coors & Budweiser donated $174K, 92% went to Republicans

Brown-Forman Corp. (Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, Bushmills, Korbel wines – as well as Lenox China , Dansk, Gorham Silver) donated $644 K — 80% went to Republicans


Sonic Corporation donated $83K, 98% went to Democrats

Triarc Companies (Arby’s, T.J. Cinnamon’s, Pasta Connections) donated $112K, 96% went to Democrats

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. (chicken) donated $366K, 100% went to Republicans

Outback Steakhouse donated $641K, 95% went to Republicans

Tricon Global Restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) donated $133K, 87% went to Republicans

Brinker International (Maggiano’s, Brinker Cafe, Chili’s, On the Border, Macaroni Grill, Crazymel’s, Corner Baker, EatZis) donated $242K, 83% went to Republicans

Waffle House donated $279K, 100% went to Republicans

McDonald’s Corp. donated $197K, 86% went to Republicans

Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, Bahama Breeze) donated $121K, 89% went to Republicans

Heinz Republicans $64,000 Democrats $21,300!!!!! John Kerry’s wife’s company!!!

Traveling and / or Dining

Hyatt Corporation donated $187K of which 80% went to Democrats

Marriott International $323K, 81% went to Republicans

Holiday Inns donated $38K, 71% went to Republicans

h/t JP


Where to spend your money… — 26 Comments

  1. Did we ever get the real story on Marriott’s anti-gun policy? I don’t care which palms they grease if I can’t stay there without my gun.

  2. I believe in today’s political climate and with this administration it’s not a political donation . . . . it’s paying “tribute” to Ceasar.

    I am just beginning to allow myself to see a candle’s glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel in November. Just a faint, faint glimmer . . . .

  3. Good to know. Buying habits will be revised accordingly. Letters will be sent to companies explaining why.

  4. Tricon Global Restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) Pizza Hut, before the mergers, used to be (and maybe still is) headquartered in Wichita, KS…right next to the headquarters of the Infamous Koch Brothers!

    I used to service computer systems at both HQs in the ’70s & ’80s. Don’t know if there was a business connection or not but the employees mingled a lot—especially at lunch.

  5. I have to agree with others, this is great info to have handy. I am printing it out. I feel bad I am wearing Levi’s Jeans right now!

  6. Carteach- You’re welcome

    PH- Good!

    Andy- Nope, I don’t stay there either!

    eia- Concur!

    Tim- Thx

    WSF/Agirl/Julie/Rev- Just a set of options…

    Crucis- THAT is interesting!

    Danny- you and me both… sigh

  7. Thank you for some excellent info! Now I know where I will put my money. I just hope more people show how they care with their wallet. Thanks NFO.

  8. I just mailed my Costco card to them in a little body bag.

    I’ll shop at Target now, thank you.

  9. Great list. Made me feel good about that Waffle House breakfast I just had on this week-end’s road trip.

    (Heck, you can’t drive in the South without eating breakfast at Waffle House.)

  10. FWIW to the companies on this list, I just dropped 800 bucks on fencing at Home Depot.

    Yes, we do pay attention. Nice list Old NFO. Thanks.

  11. Brigid- Sam’s… Just sayin…

    Murph- Waffle House is GOOD! 🙂

    Ed- You’re welcome!

    MC- That’s good! 🙂

  12. Hey Old NFO, I will shameless “rip” this info off and give you the Props.

    Thank you;)


  13. I doubt if Circuit City donated any thinh to any body since they went brokt 2 yrs ago.