Think About Where You Shop

by: NOW Presidents, a Yahoo Group

    Be aware which corporations helped re-elect Bush. Vote with your pocketbook this holiday season. With the holidays upon us, some of us might wish to be mindful of who we patronize relative to their 2000 Election Cycle political donations, as reported by the Center for Responsive Politics. [Would be interesting to have the 2004 statistics.]


Price Club/Costco donated $225K, of which 99% went 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;

Rite Aid, $517K, 60% to democrats;

Magla Products (Stanley tools, Mr. Clean), $22K, 100% to democrats;

3M Co., $281K, 87% to republicans;

Hallmark Cards, $319K, 92% to republicans;

Amway, $391K, 100% republican;

Kohler Co. (plumbing fixtures), $283K, 100% republicans;

Warnaco (undergarments), $55K, 73% to democrats;

B.F. Goodrich (tires), $215K, 97% to republicans;

Proctor & Gamble, $243K, 79% to republicans;

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.



Coors, $174K, 92% to republicans;

Gallo Winery, $337K, 95% to democrats;

Brown-Forman Corp. (Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, Bushmills, Korbel wines as well as Lennox China, Dansk, Gorham Silver), $644K, 80% to republicans;

Southern Wine & Spirits, $213K, 73% to democrats;

Joseph E. Seagrams & Son! s (includes beverage business, plus considerable media interests), $2M+, 67% democrats.



Pilgrim's Pride Corp. (chicken), $366K, 100% republican;

Outback Steakhouse, $641K, 95% republican;

Sonic Corporation, $83K, 98% democrat;

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;

Triarc Companies (Arby's, T.J. Cinnamon's, Pasta Connections), $112K, 96% democrats;

Waffle House, $279K, 100% republican;

McDonald's Corp., $197K, 86% republican;

Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, Bahama Breeze), $121K, 89% republican;

Hyatt Corporation, $187K, 80% to democrats;

Mariott International, $323K, 81% to republicans;

Holiday Inns, $38K, 71% to republicans.

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