Monday, July 31, 2006


I compiled the following list from

What percent of campaign donations go toward Democrats? What percent to Republicans? Iwasn't looking for the amounts of monies donated as much as I was the percentage of the amounts given... i.e. to what extent is this company pro-left or pro-right?

7-11 stores 84%
Academy Sports and Outdoors 93%
Adobe Systems 98%
Amerada Hess 98%
American Apparel 77%
Apple 99%
Arby's 62%
Armor-All 69%
Bally 100%
BancWest 85%
Barnes and Noble 92%
Bebe Stores 97%
Bed, Bath & Beyond 97%
Benihana 100%
Black & Decker 100%
Blimpie 100%
Blue Mountain Arts greeting cards 100%
Bolla wines 57%
Brita (in North America) 69%
Bumble Bee 57%
Burlington Coat Factory 100%
Caesar's Entertainment 58%
Canadian Mist 57%
Caribou Coffee 95%
CitiSearch 100%
Claire's 100%
Clarion hotels 98%
Clorox 69%
Coach leather goods 100%
Comfort Inn 98%
Commerce Bank 60%
Costco 99%
Crate and Barrel 72%
Diamond Resorts 97%
Domini Social Investment 100%
Dress Barn, The 100%
eBay 56%
EconoLodge 98%
Electronic Arts (EA) 84%
Estee Lauder 80%
Expedia 100%
Fannie Mae 59%
Foot Locker 100%
Formula 409 69%
Frederick's of Hollywood 100%
Fresh Step cat litter 69%
Frontier Airlines 67%
Gallo wines 93%
Gamestop 78%
Gap Inc. 82%
Gateway 81%
Genesco shoes 100%
Glad plastic products 69%
Google 100%
Granny's Buffet 100%
Green Mountain Coffee 100%
Gymboree 100%
H & R Block 56%
Harrah's 66%
Hometown Buffet 100%
HSN (formerly Home Shopping Network) 100%
Hyatt Hotels and Resorts 94%
Jack Daniels 57%
Jamba Juice 100%
J. Crew 99%
JetBlue Airways 68%
Jo-Ann fabric stores 100%
Kay Jewelers 89%
Kingsford charcoal 69%
Korbel champagne 57%
L. L. Bean 98%
Lehman Brothers 60%
Level 3 Communications 64%
Levi Strauss & Co. 100%
Lillian Vernon 97%
Linens n' Things 100%
Loews Hotels 100%
Luxottica 100% (incl. Sunglass Hut, Watch Station, and Watch World)
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton luxury goods 77%
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia 96%
Mattel 81%
Men's Wearhouse 100%
NBTY health care products 82%
Neiman Marcus Group 77%
Netflix 72%
New Belgium Brewing 100%
Old Country Buffet 100%
Omaha Steaks 57% 85%
Panera Bread 100%
PG&E Corp. 60%
Pine-Sol 69%
Polo Ralph Lauren 100%
Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits 100%
Powell Books 100%
Progressive Corporation 97%
Prudential Financial 57%
Quality Inn 98%
REI 100%
Reebok shoes 85%
Rodeway Inn 98%
Sharper Image 94%
Skechers USA 100%
Sleep Inn 98%
Sonic drive-ins 100%
Southern Comfort 57%
Spaghetti Warehouse 100%
Starbucks 100%
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide 100% (incl. Four Points, Sheraton, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Westin, and W Hotels)
STP 69%
Sun Microsystems 55%
Ticketmaster 100%
Timberland Company footwear 70%
Tilex 69%
Tom's of Maine 100%
Trek Bicycle Corp. 57%
Vector Group 90% (cigarettes incl. Liggett Select, Eve, "reduced-carcinogen" cigarettes, generic lines, QUEST)
VF Corp. 57% (incl. Lee, Rustler, Brittania, Chic, H.I.S., Wrangler, Gitano, Earl Jeans, Riders Vanity Fair, Lily of France, and Vassarette (lingerie); JanSport and Eastpak (backpacks); Lee Sport (knitwear); The North Face (outdoor gear and apparel); Red Kap and Bulwark (industrial work clothes); Nautica (men's and women's apparel); and Vans (shoes).
Winmark Corp. 89% (incl. Play It Again Sports; children's items (Once Upon A Child); teen apparel (Plato's Closet); and musical gear (Music Go Round).
Working Assets Funding Services 96%
Xerox 66%
XM Satellite Radio 75%
Yucaipa Companies grocery stores 99%

3M 84%
Activision, Inc 86%
Advance Auto Parts
Air Tran Holdings 90%
Albertsons 75%
Almaden wines 61%
AllState Insurance 70%
Altria (Philip Morris) 69% 59%
America West 85%
American Express 55%
American Greetings 87%
Amway 99%
Anheuser Busch 64%
Applebee's 91%
Ashland, Inc (Valvoline) 87%
AT&T 56%
AutoZone 83%
Bank of America 61%
Bank of New York 68%
Baskin-Robbins 74%
Bath & Body Works 84%
Beefeater gin 74%
Best Buy 100%
Blockbuster 60%
Bloomingdale's 74%
Bob Evans Farms 99%
Boeing 60%
BP 62%
Bridgestone 68%
Bristol-Myers Squibb 73%
Brown Shoe 100%
Burger King 70%
Buster Brown 100%
Cadbury Schweppes 67%
Campbell's Soup 79%
Canadian Club 74%
Capital One 61%
Cardinal Health 76%
Carnival Cruises 58%
Carter's 100%
Casual Male 100%
Caterpillar 89%
Charles Schwab 88%
Chevron 89%
Chic-fil-A 99%
Chico's FAS 61%
Children's Place, The 95%
Chili's 84%
Cinemark theaters 99%
Cintas uniforms 100%
Circuit City 90%
Citgo 100%
Citigroup (Citibank) 65%
Clear Channel 69%
Coca-Cola Co. 61% (incl. Fanta, Barq's, Sprite, Fruitopia, Minute Maid, POWERade, Dasani)
Columbia House 83%
ConocoPhillips 86%
Continental Airlines 74%
Countrywide Financial 57%
Cox Enterprises (media) 69%
Cracker Barrel 96%
Crowne Plaza hotels 75%
Curves for Women 100%
Dell computers 88%
Delta Airlines 57%
Diebold 92%
Dole foods 95%
Dollar Genral 100%
Dollar Tree 100%
Domino's 100%
Duke Energy Corp. 76%
Dunkin' Donuts 74%
Earthlink 69%
Eastman Kodak 70%
Ecko fashions 100%
Edison International (energy) 57% 100%
Electronic Data Systems 73%
Exxon Mobil 95%
Family Dollar Stores 71%
Famous Footwear 100%
FedEx 71%
Food Lion 80%
Ford 77% (incl. Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Lincoln, Mercury, and Volvo)
Fossil 100%
Fruit Of The Loom 100%
Geico 94%
General Mills 77%
General Motors 74% (incl. Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Pontian, Saab, Saturn)
Georgia Pacific 73%
GNC nutrition/health stores 64%
Gold's Gym 98%
Goldman Sachs 57%
Goodrich 55%
Goodyear 89%
Guess?, Inc. 71%
Guitar Center 100%
H. J. Heinz Co. 71%
Halliburton 91%
Hallmark cards 87%
Harley-Davidson 72%
Heineken 77%
Helzberg Diamonds 83%
Hershey 95%
Hewlett-Packard 59%
Holiday Inn 75%
Hollywood video 100%
Home Depot 82%
Hooter's 100%
Hormel 95%
Huffy bikes 97%
Hyundai motors 97%
IBM 56%
Inglenook wines 61%
In-N-Out burgers 100%
Intel 75%
International House of Pancakes 90%
International Paper 90%
J. C. Penney 88%
Johnsonville Sausage 98%
Kahlua 74%
Kash 'n Karry 80%
KB Toys 100%
Kellogg's 56%
Kelly Services 97%
Kent cigarettes 92%
Kmart Holding Corp. 99%
Kohl's 100%
Kohler 100%
Kraft foods 78%
Krispy Kreme 100%
Kroger 88%
Landry's Seafood House 56%
Liberty Mutual 64%
Little Caesar's pizza 65%
Longs Drug 78%
Lord & Taylor 74%
Lowe's 100%
Luby's 62%
Lucent Technologies 76%
Macy's 74%
Marathon Oil 88%
Marriott 82%
Marshall Field's 74%
Massachusetts Mutual 65%
Max cigarettes 92%
Maytag 91%
MBNA 73%
McCormick & Schmick Seafood Restaurants 99%
McDonald's 95%
Meijer, Inc. 87%
Menard home improvement stores 87%
Merck 74%
Merrill Lynch 64%
MetLife 58%
Michaels arts and crafts stores 100%
Michelin 90%
Microsoft 56%
Modell's Sporting Goods 87%
Molson Coors Brewing Co. 84%
Monsanto 79%
Morgan Stanley 68%
Motorola 72%
Movie Gallery 100%
Nationwide Mutual 72%
Naturalizer 100%
Nestle 75%
New Balance shoes 98%
Newport cigarettes 92%
Nordstrom 99%
Northwest Airlines 68%
Office Depot 88%
OfficeMax 88%
Old Gold cigarettes 92%
Olive Garden 91%
On The Border 84%
Oracle 94%
Ore-Ida foods 71%
Outback Steakhouse 98%
PacSun fashions 100%
Panda Express 90%
Papa John's pizza 84%
PayLess Shoe Source 100%
PepsiCo 68% (incl. Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Slice, Doritos, Fritos, Lay's, Ruffles, WOW, Tropicana, Gatorade, Aquafina)
Perry Ellis 64%
Pfizer 71%
Pier 1 Imports 99% 78%
Principal Financial Group 55%
Procter & Gamble 79% (incl. Actonel, Always/Whisper, Ariel, Bounty, Charmin, Crest, Downy/Lenor, Folgers, Head & Shoulders, Iams, Olay, Pampers, Pantene, Pringles, Tide, Wella, Clairol, Gillette)
Publix Super Markets 89%
Qwest Communications 67%
Radio Shack 79%
Radisson Hotels 94%
Raley's supermarkets 99%
Ralston Purina 75%
Red Lobster 91%
RE/MAX 100%
Red Wing Shoe Co. 100%
Reynolds 87% (incl. Camel, Salem, Kool, Lucky Strike)
Rite Aid 58%
Romano's Macaroni Grill 84%
Ruby Tuesday 100%
Russell Stover candies 100%
Satin cigarettes 92%
S.C. Johnson 87% (incl. Drano, Glade, Johnson, OFF!, Pledge, Raid, Shout, Windex, and Ziploc)
SAB (South African Breweries) 56%
Safeway 70%
Saks Inc. 89%
SBC Communications 65% (incl. Cingular)
Scotts Miracle-Gro 100%
Sears 66%
Seattle Mariners (The Baseball Club of Seattle) 80%
Shell Oil 83%
Sirius Satellite Radio 59%
Southwest Airlines 82%
Sprint Corp. 65%
Staples 86%
State Farm 65%
Sunoco 80%
SUPERVALU stores 82%
Talbot's clothing stores 88%
Target 83%
Texas Instruments 60%
T.G.I. Friday's 94%
T. J. Maxx 96%
Togo's Eateries 74%
True cigarettes 92%
Tyson 63%
Unilever 83% (incl. Breyers and Magnum (ice creams), Dove and Lux (soaps), Lipton (tea), Close Up (oral care), and Vaseline)
UPS 72%
Urban Outfitters Inc. 94%
US Airways Group 73%
USAA insurance for military families 84%
Valero energy 99%
Verizon 66%
Victoria's Secret 84%
Vonage 57%
Wachovia 73%
Waffle House 100%
Wal-Mart 78%
Walgreen Co. 65%
Weight Watchers foods 71%
Wells Fargo 58%
Wendy's 94%
Weyerhauser 76%
Whirlpool 78%
Williams-Sonoma 98%
WinCo 100%
Winn-Dixie 83%
Wolverine World Wide footwear 100% (incl. Hush Puppies, Merrell, Bates HYTEST and Wolverine)
Yahoo! 60%
YUM! Brands 79% (incl. KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, A&W Restaurants, Long John Silver's)
Zale jewelers 88%

I find this list of GOP supporters extremely disappointing, particularly about the Seattle Mariners... they have been my favorite baseball team in my favorite major league sport since the late 70s. Our family is insured through AllState for both home and automobiles, our credit card is from Capital One, we have investments with Charles Schwab, our phone/internet service is through Verizon and my new cell phone is a Motorola, we get our groceries at Safeway and/or Albertson's, I drink Pepsi products, our cats eat Iams cat food, I like to eat at Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Macaroni Grill, I like to drink Heineken beer, and as millions of other lefties do, I rely on UPS and FedEx to deliver packages for me. Diebold builds quite a few of the electronic voting machines... sad, sad. The computer I'm at right now is an HP, and the one downstains is a Dell.

Then again, I do like to eat at Arby's and Benihana. I like to shop for books at Powell's and at Barnes and Noble. Google is my preferred search engine, and we're Netflix users. Our cats use Fresh Step litter, and if they miss the box, we rely on Pine-Sol to cover the stink. Occasionally I have a Starbucks drink. Expedia has done well by us for our travel needs, and I love wearing my Levis. I have a couple of pairs of Skechers shoes, and we stock up at Costco when we are in Kennewick, WA so we won't be as tempted to shop at the Wal-Mart here in La Grande... so it isn't ALL bad!


Blogger Tom Harper said...

Excellent information. On a similar note, (well, sort of similar): When you shop at a local non-franchise business, 60 cents of every dollar you spend stays in the community. When you shop at a Big Box store, only SIX cents of each dollar stays in the community. Home Depot anyone?

11:05 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Thanks, Tom! There has been talk of a Home Depot coming to La Grande, and I'm tending to hope it doesn't make it. I understand from someone who has the inside info that it was a for-sure deal until Home Depot decided the property they had originally been looking at wouldn't have enough room for parking... and then the next property they were after supposedly didn't work because the property owner was being difficult. That's fine with me. Even though Home Depot would add some jobs to our community and they tend to treat their employees a bit better than Wal-Mart (at least I think they do), we already have some good local hardware and builders supply stores that I would hate to see go out of business.

La Grande does have a Bi-Mart store, which provides a good alternative to Wal-Mart and Rite Aid. We also have a good farmer's market with excellent local produce every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning in the town square.

Sadly, our Wal-Mart is expanding into a "Super Wal-Mart". Once that happens, and locals can get sucked in there to buy groceries as well as get an oil change, gasoline, a haircut and other things, I think our Albertson's will probably go under, leaving just Wal-Mart and Safeway for groceries. We have a couple of oil-change places in town, and I am guessing one of those will probably go out of business because Wal-Mart will be able to offer the same service for less money. Same may end up applying for a few hair-cutting establishments. Our town now has TWO Starbucks outlets, one in the Safeway store and now a new one, at one of the freeway interchanges. I haven't been to the new one, and don't plan to go there... La Grande already has three or four local coffee stands that make good coffee drinks.

Sigh... this kind of crap doesn't look like it will end any time soon, if at all.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Wow, my parents eat at Cracker Barrell all the time. :-(

1:43 AM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

BuyBlue is one of my most visited websites.

There are a ton of true disappointments on the red side, but easily the scariest one on there is Diebold...especially after hearing this recent news -

“Diebold has made the testing and certification process practically irrelevant,” according to Dechert. “If you have access to these machines and you want to rig an election, anything is possible with the Diebold TS -- and it could be done without leaving a trace. All you need is a screwdriver.” This model does not produce a voter verified paper trail so there is no way to check if the voter’s choices are accurately reflected in the tabulation.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

I'm sorry to put it this bluntly, but this seems like so much stuff and nonsense to me. Whenever I shop somewhere, I don't give two squats about which candidates they attempted to buy. I care about the service and quality of merchandise I received for the price, and I will pay a premium for both. Unless I find a company is supporting bigots, fascists, or communists, I really won't care all that much. Do you want to know a way to guarantee more of your money goes to causes, candidates or parties you support? Try donating to the individual parties, candidates, or causes as a separate transaction. That way, you'll know that 100% of whatever you donate goes to that party, instead of paying for goods and services. Give me a D! Give me a U! Give me an H!

10:00 PM  

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