Best Government Money Can Buy

Posted on February 10, 2013

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One of my readers, whose curiosity was sparked by my recent post ‘Please Don’t Feed the Beast’, asked me if I knew where most of the business and organizational campaign money was coming from.  I did see some lists, but as it turns out, relatively speaking, many of the notable players in the 2012 cycle are not heavyweights over the long haul.

This list, courtesy of the ‘Center For Responsive Politics‘, is probably of greatest significance and provides a better top level insight into the entities that are transforming our Constitutional Republic and our governing bodies into a Fascist playground.  Some particular overall observations:

  • The Unions, as of 2010, represent approximately 11.4% of the workforce of the United States overall, and about 7 -8% of private sector employment – yet note the remarkable, truly obscene, sums of money they disproportionately pump into the Democrat Party political machine.  This is why, when they don’t get their way in places like Wisconsin and Michigan, all Hell breaks loose.  California remains in a Labor Union stranglehold.
  • The Insurance industry, Defense Contractors, Construction and Oil, seem to favor the G.O.P., although by no means exclusively.  I would say that the Healthcare insurance end of the ‘National Insurance Complex’, probably shifted to the Democrats in the last four years, due to their excitement and anticipation of benefiting from the monopoly status conferred upon them by the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’, more appropriately dubbed Obamacare.  With Contractors, the main thrust is to prevail upon Republican lawmakers to provide regularized status for the pool of cheap, low skilled labor among the Illegal migrant population.  Amnesty is particularly attractive, since it is anticipated that another enormous wave of illegals will invade our borders as a consequence of rewards greatly exceeding the risks of illegal border crossing.  Most employers will dismiss the newly legalized migrants and bring on board the ‘undocumented’, providing that  something unfortunate doesn’t occur like the implementation of eVerify.  ‘Curses, foiled again!’
  • Please notice that Fannie and Freddie have poured money into Democrat and G.O.P. campaign coffers.  Does anyone out there see anything wrong with that picture?  I’m just thinking aloud here, but doesn’t that mean that you as a taxpayer, wound up picking up the bill for that influence peddling?  Congratulations America – when you do eventually re-enter the labor market, you can pay off the debt of the same people who taped a ‘Three Day Notice To Quit’ to your front door.
  • Also of interest is Wall Street.  These mostly fit into the ‘Fence Sitter’ category (see that little symbol that looks like a ranch fence?).  But even Goldman Sachs leans Democratic.  Next time you hear a high-minded Progress-O-Bot spouting some nonsense about the pure motives of the Democrats and their ‘working class’ bonafides, mention to them the poor schmucks at Goldman Sachs and Blackstone.  ‘Party of the Little Guy‘, eh?   Here you see the heavy hitters who took you (American Taxpayers) to the woodshed with $12 Trillion dollars of TARP and other bailouts, plus virtually unlimited access to loans from the Fed’s Discount window, hedging their bets on both sides of Congress.  The reason being,  is that both parties cater to the desires and whims of the Investment Class.  This explains why you always fall prey to the predatory schemes of the banks with their crap investment vehicles that they make Billions luring you and your pension fund into.  It also explains the existence of the organized crime syndicate known as the Credit Reporting Bureaus (Equifax, Experian, Trans Union), and the bond / securities rating agencies such as Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s.   Not too big to fail, simply too big to jail.

Of course, one must be careful to restrain criticism of this class of thievery, lest one come under suspicion of opposing ‘Capitalism’.  Heaven forbid!   Personally, I don’t give a rat’s caboose, because if you think the kind of pernicious corruption and fraud being engaged in on Wall Street qualifies as legitimate capitalism, you need to research the meaning of that word, especially ‘Free Enterprise‘ and ‘Free Market Capitalism’.  Neither definition includes leveraging government influence to rig the outcome of financial activities or fleece the common citizen.  I’m not here, nor am I under any obligation to carry water for every operator out there that believes that if they simply slap the tag ‘Capitalism’ on their racketeering activities, they’ll be immune from scrutiny.

You want to ‘take your country back’?  You’re going to have to wrest it from the clutches of the following.  Good luck on that.

Top All-Time Donors, 1989-2012

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%)
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% as money can be given to third party
candidates or outside spending groups and PACs not affiliated with either party.
Rank Organization Total ’89-’12 Dem % Repub % Tilt
1 ActBlue $83,355,876 99% 0%    
2 American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $68,216,044 66% 0%
3 National Education Assn $52,332,136 61% 4%
4 AT&T Inc $50,560,333 43% 56%
5 Service Employees International Union $50,498,601 60% 2%
6 National Assn of Realtors $46,960,285 44% 47%
7 Goldman Sachs $42,177,559 54% 42%
8 United Auto Workers $41,024,640 70% 0%  
9 American Federation of Teachers $39,760,968 78% 0%  
10 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $39,532,608 89% 2%  
11 Carpenters & Joiners Union $39,038,439 71% 8%  
12 American Assn for Justice $38,531,780 85% 7%  
13 Laborers Union $36,914,466 80% 6%  
14 Communications Workers of America $36,055,180 83% 0%  
15 Teamsters Union $34,909,042 84% 5%  
16 United Food & Commercial Workers Union $33,424,307 81% 0%  
17 Citigroup Inc $30,786,127 49% 50%
18 American Medical Assn $29,725,376 40% 59%
19 National Auto Dealers Assn $29,587,508 32% 67%
20 Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union $28,715,247 98% 1%    
21 AFL-CIO $27,982,213 67% 3%
22 EMILY’s List $27,767,999 97% 0%    
23 United Parcel Service $27,682,187 36% 63%
24 National Assn of Letter Carriers $27,280,003 76% 8%  
25 JPMorgan Chase & Co $27,247,087 48% 50%
26 American Bankers Assn $27,036,270 37% 62%
27 National Beer Wholesalers Assn $26,589,495 34% 64%
28 Altria Group $26,563,970 27% 72%  
29 Microsoft Corp $26,122,836 56% 43%
30 National Assn of Home Builders $25,493,780 35% 64%
31 Morgan Stanley $24,498,522 43% 56%
32 Newsweb Corp $24,377,271 41% 0%
33 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union $24,221,809 79% 4%  
34 Blue Cross/Blue Shield $24,065,825 37% 62%
35 Bank of America $23,648,405 41% 56%
36 General Electric $23,485,214 49% 50%
37 Time Warner $23,475,791 73% 25%  
38 Lockheed Martin $23,308,408 42% 56%
39 Verizon Communications $22,873,499 41% 58%
40 Operating Engineers Union $22,574,042 77% 12%  
41 International Assn of Fire Fighters $21,866,590 75% 16%  
42 Deloitte LLP $21,704,267 36% 63%
43 Credit Union National Assn $21,695,916 47% 50%
44 Ernst & Young $20,813,572 43% 56%
45 FedEx Corp $20,779,983 39% 60%
46 Sheet Metal Workers Union $20,523,978 94% 2%    
47 PricewaterhouseCoopers $19,610,461 36% 63%
48 American Dental Assn $19,578,050 45% 53%
49 American Hospital Assn $19,471,617 53% 46%
50 National Rifle Assn $19,436,730 17% 82%  
51 UBS AG $19,175,965 40% 58%
52 Boeing Co $18,852,164 47% 52%
53 Air Line Pilots Assn $17,931,347 83% 16%  
54 AFLAC Inc $17,713,344 44% 55%
55 Natl Assn/Insurance & Financial Advisors $17,692,274 42% 57%
56 United Steelworkers $17,416,199 91% 0%    
57 American Postal Workers Union $17,370,058 83% 3%  
58 Pfizer Inc $16,959,000 33% 65%
59 Northrop Grumman $16,868,039 43% 56%
60 Club for Growth $16,543,518 0% 92%    
61 Union Pacific Corp $16,502,502 26% 73%  
62 Comcast Corp $16,420,889 57% 41%
63 Ironworkers Union $16,101,224 92% 6%    
64 National Air Traffic Controllers Assn $15,872,201 67% 18%
65 United Transportation Union $15,775,050 88% 11%  
66 Credit Suisse Group $15,673,019 42% 57%
67 Chevron $15,461,805 19% 63%
68 National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn $15,094,240 49% 50%
69 Honeywell International $14,595,691 45% 53%
70 General Dynamics $14,591,880 46% 53%
71 Exxon Mobil $14,558,889 13% 85%  
72 Merrill Lynch $14,502,672 37% 61%
73 American Institute of CPAs $14,393,216 42% 57%
74 American Financial Group $14,303,289 15% 75%  
75 Koch Industries $14,221,398 8% 91%    
76 Anheuser-Busch $14,169,582 47% 51%
77 Reynolds American $14,165,273 23% 76%  
78 Raytheon Co $13,881,777 45% 54%
79 DLA Piper $13,571,289 68% 30%
80 Walt Disney Co $13,215,360 69% 30%
81 News Corp $13,132,063 59% 40%
82 New York Life Insurance $13,039,103 50% 49%
83 BellSouth Corp $13,015,350 45% 54%
84 KPMG LLP $12,939,915 35% 64%
85 GlaxoSmithKline $12,322,114 31% 68%
86 Wal-Mart Stores $11,990,158 30% 68%
87 American Crystal Sugar $11,969,589 61% 38%
88 Natl Active & Retired Fed Employees Assn $11,851,200 77% 21%  
89 Associated Builders & Contractors $11,833,432 1% 98%    
90 Human Rights Campaign $11,818,588 89% 8%  
91 American Health Care Assn $11,668,885 51% 47%
92 Prudential Financial $11,642,855 49% 49%
93 Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance $11,525,488 38% 60%
94 CSX Corp $11,520,412 34% 65%
95 Saban Capital Group $11,510,472 89% 0%  
96 National Restaurant Assn $11,443,926 16% 82%  
97 American Society of Anesthesiologists $11,434,437 42% 57%
98 Painters & Allied Trades Union $11,209,770 77% 10%  
99 Southern Co $11,147,829 31% 68%
100 MetLife Inc $11,118,663 52% 46%
101 Indep Insurance Agents & Brokers/America $11,053,639 37% 61%
102 American Academy of Ophthalmology $10,932,505 51% 48%
103 Associated General Contractors $10,820,887 14% 85%  
104 American Optometric Assn $10,721,354 58% 41%
105 Eli Lilly & Co $10,614,465 31% 67%
106 General Motors $10,461,470 39% 60%
107 National Cmte to Preserve Social Security & Medicare $10,347,902 81% 17%  
108 Skadden, Arps et al $10,337,643 77% 22%  
109 Securities Industry & Financial Mkt Assn $10,243,413 44% 55%
110 AIG $10,152,857 49% 49%
111 MBNA Corp $10,074,056 17% 82%  
112 American Maritime Officers $10,030,731 47% 52%
113 UST Inc $9,966,011 21% 78%  
114 Freddie Mac $9,929,019 44% 55%
115 Ford Motor Co $9,758,385 39% 60%
116 Lehman Brothers $9,750,085 52% 46%
117 Amway/Alticor Inc $9,737,050 0% 98%    
118 Seafarers International Union $9,598,665 83% 15%  
119 National Assn of Broadcasters $9,576,456 45% 54%
120 National Fedn of Independent Business $9,449,625 6% 93%    
121 Transport Workers Union $9,398,649 95% 4%    
122 American Airlines $9,325,876 45% 53%
123 Archer Daniels Midland $9,113,250 43% 56%
124 Amalgamated Transit Union $8,914,568 93% 6%    
125 National Cmte for an Effective Congress $8,707,940 99% 0%    
126 American Trucking Assns $8,595,340 28% 71%  
127 Fannie Mae $8,509,839 55% 44%
128 American Council of Life Insurers $8,434,395 38% 61%
129 Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp $8,384,035 31% 68%
130 Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assn $8,303,266 44% 55%
131 Wachovia Corp $8,194,680 31% 68%
132 MCI Inc $8,119,772 46% 53%
133 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn $7,901,813 74% 24%  
134 Bristol-Myers Squibb $7,668,338 23% 76%  
135 Bear Stearns $7,336,232 54% 43%
136 BP $6,629,065 29% 70%  
137 Enron Corp $6,580,185 28% 71%  
138 Andersen $6,349,052 37% 62%
139 MGM Resorts International $5,510,247 46% 46%
140 Vivendi $5,344,826 68% 31%

Based on data released by the FEC on April 25, 2011.