Conscious Consumption: Politics

We all know that corporate spending influences elections and legislation. It’s becoming easier to find out who’s giving money to whom. So it’s also becoming easier to spend your dollars in ways that match your values.

Here are some links with more information:

Open Secrets

How Companies Spend

Track Your Company

The 2017 CPA-Zicklin Index of Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability

Companies* who contribute a lot of money to Liberal/Democrat candidates and causes:

Company NameAmount Year
Bloomberg LP$95 million2018
Soros Fund Management$20 million2018
Newsweb Corp$13 million2018
Microsoft Corp$12 million2018
EMILY’s List$10 million2018
University of California$7 million2018
Alphabet Inc (Google parent)$7 million2018
Choice Hotels (Clarion, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge)$2 million(through June) 2020
Simon Property Group (King of Prussia Mall, Philadelphia Mills, Philadelphia Premium Outlets)$4 million(through June) 2020
University of Pennsylvania$1 million2018
Aramark$1 million2016

Companies* who contribute a lot of money to Conservative/Republican candidates and causes:

Company NameAmountYear
Las Vegas Sands$62 million2018
Uline Inc (business supplies)$33 million(through June) 2020
Uline Inc $40 million2018
Koch Industries (Angel Soft, Quilted Northern, Brawny, Dixie, Lycra, Sparkle, Stainmaster, Thermolite)$12 million2018
Charles Schwab$10 million2018
PNC Bank$1 million2016
Chicago Cubs$15 million2016

Companies* who hedge their bets and contribute roughly equally to both:

Company NameTotal AmountYear
Comcast Corp$7 million(through June) 2020
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$5 million2018
AT&T$9 million2018

* Companies includes individual members, owners, employees, and their family members affiliated with companies and their subsidiaries. Most large donors are owners, partners, and/or corporate officers. Data source: