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|
|2||American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees||$60,667,379||81%||1%|
|4||National Education Assn||$53,594,488||61%||4%|
|5||National Assn of Realtors||$51,207,902||44%||47%|
|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%|
|12||American Federation of Teachers||$36,713,325||89%||0%|
|13||Communications Workers of America||$36,188,135||86%||0%|
|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%|