The Democratic Party Sold the American Political System for Only $720 Million

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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It’s a bargain really considering how much the government spends every year and how much that spending benefits some of those same donors. It’s probably the best investment ever made even if it has no long term future.

Opensecrets.org recently compiled a list of the top “all-time donors” from 1989 to 2014 and the infamous duo not only fail to take the top slot, but even place in the top 10.

In fact, according to the data, Koch Industries places 59 on the list with $18 million in donations, 90-percent of which went to Republicans.

The top 16 names on the list are solidly Democratic for the most part with a few companies that swing both ways. UPS is the first majority GOP donor on the list. The rest tend to consist of unions, a number of them integrated with government, that provide the cash flow for the Democratic Party, and ActBlue, Howard Dean’s old machine.

The supremely powerful NRA is in the 52nd spot. Compare that to Emily’s List at 21. And then Club for Growth at 64.

While there’s a lot of talk about corporations being people and buying up the political process, the buying up is dominated more by unions than by companies. Of the top 10, only two are companies and six are unions. Of the top 20, three are are companies and twelve are unions.

In the top 20, only two donors, UPS and the Auto Dealers Association, tilt GOP. And only by 60 some percent. Meanwhile Dem union donors tilt left by 80 and 89 percent in some cases.

While there are few Republican political organizations on the list, the list is dominated by Dem affiliated groups.

The political process was bought, paid for and sold out by the Democratic Party. And all it took was bankrupting the country.

Rank Organization Total ’89-’12 Dem % Repub % Tilt
1 ActBlue $97,192,340 99% 0%    
2 American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $60,667,379 81% 1%   
3 AT&T Inc $56,449,317 41% 57%
4 National Education Assn $53,594,488 61% 4%
5 National Assn of Realtors $51,207,902 44% 47%
6 Goldman Sachs $44,847,951 53% 44%
7 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $44,478,789 92% 1%    
8 United Auto Workers $41,667,858 71% 0%   
9 Carpenters & Joiners Union $39,260,371 74% 9%   
10 Service Employees International Union $38,395,690 84% 2%   
11 Laborers Union $37,494,010 85% 7%   
12 American Federation of Teachers $36,713,325 89% 0%   
13 Communications Workers of America $36,188,135 86% 0%   
14 Teamsters Union $36,123,209 88% 5%   
15 JPMorgan Chase & Co $34,527,277 48% 51%
16 United Food & Commercial Workers Union $33,756,550 86% 0%   
17 United Parcel Service $32,214,128 35% 64%

  • blert

    The GOP, when listed, means the GOP Establishment… RINOs almost to a man.
    Not one of the top players is interested in smaller government — just riding the system.

  • Judahlevi

    This is similar to the Dems always complaining about Fox News when they have almost every other station on the air. They complain about the Koch Brothers, and then look at this list. They are not satisfied until everyone marches to their tune – the socialist lockstep.

    This is why we should never listen to the whining of the Dems about who has influence. It is also a credit to independent thinking in the US that the country is split between conservatives and liberals.

    With all that money, they still can’t change non rational ideas into rational ones.

  • Silver Gonzales

    Horrible and vile was to f money from horrible and vile establishments, names Goldman and JP Morgan; both British controlled despite the names. Goldman is infested in all European governments. Why? For the same reason why Hillary is running. For the same reason Justin TRUDEAU is running.

    Secrets to protect and keep hidden with the help of the paid off media.