Put your money where your vote is

For all you Democrats and Republicans, here is your chance to support your favorite shopping places, where you buy spirits, where to go if you are hungry, and if you are traveling or dining, you can go to your favorite political-party-sponsored establishment.

New shopping guide: Know the companies you buy from and their political affiliation. Be mindful of what businesses we patronize relative to their 2000 Election Cycle political donations, as reported by the Center for Responsive Politics.

GENERAL SHOPPING

DEMOCRAT CONTRIBUTORS

  • Price Club/Costco donated $225K, 99% went to Democrats
  • Rite Aid donated $517K, 60% went to Democrat
  • Magla Products (Stanley tools, Mr. Clean) donated $22K, 100% went to Democrats
  • Warnaco (undergarments) donated $55K, 73% went to Democrats
  • Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia donated $153K, 99% went to Democrats
  • Estee Lauder donated $448K, 95% went to Democrats
  • Guess, Inc. donated $145K, 98% went to Democrats
  • Calvin Klein donated $78K, 100% went to Democrats
  • Liz Claiborne, Inc. donated $34K, 97% went to Democrats
  • Levi Straus donated $26K, 97% went to Democrats
  • Olan Mills donated $175K, 99% went to Democrats

REPUBLICAN CONTRIBUTORS

  • WalMart donated $467K, 97% went to Republicans
  • K-Mart donated $524K, 86% went to Republicans
  • Home Depot donated $298K, 89% went to Republicans
  • Target donated $226K, 70% went to Republicans
  • Circuit City Stores donated $261K, 95% went to Republicans
  • 3M Co. donated $281K, 87% went to Republicans
  • Hallmark Cards donated $319K, 92% went to Republicans
  • Amway donated $391K, 100% Republicans
  • Kohler Co. (plumbing fixtures) donated $283K, 100% Republicans
  • B.F. Goodrich (tires) donated $215K, 97% went to Republicans
  • Proctor & Gamble donated $243K, 79% went to Republicans

SPIRITS

DEMOCRAT CONTRIBUTORS

  • Southern Wine & Spirits donated $213K, 73% went to Democrats
  • Joseph E. Seagrams & Sons (incl. beverage business + considerable media interests) donated $2M+, 67% went to Democrats
  • Gallo Winery donated $337K, 95% went to Democrats

REPUBLICAN CONTRIBUTORS

  • Coors & Budweiser donated $174K, 92% went to Republicans
  • Brown-Forman Corp. (Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, Bushmills, Korbel wines – as well as Lenox China, Dansk, Gorham Silver) donated $644 K — 80% went to Republicans

RESTAURANTS AND FOOD PRODUCTS

DEMOCRAT CONTRIBUTORS

  • Sonic Corporation donated $83K, 98% went to Democrats
  • Triarc Companies (Arby’s, T.J. Cinnamon’s, Pasta Connections) donated $112K, 96% went to Democrats

REPUBLICAN CONTRIBUTORS

  • Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. (chicken) donated $366K, 100% went to Republicans
  • Outback Steakhouse donated $641K, 95% went to Republicans
  • Tricon Global Restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) donated $133K, 87% went to Republicans
  • Brinker International (Maggiano’s, Brinker Cafe, Chili’s, On the Border, Macaroni Grill, Crazymel’s, Corner Baker, EatZis) donated $242K, 83% went to Republicans
  • Waffle House donated $279K, 100% went to Republicans
  • McDonald’s Corp. donated $197K, 86% went to Republicans
  • Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, Bahama Breeze) donated $121K, 89% went to Republicans
  • Heinz Republicans $64,000 Democrats $21,300! John Kerry’s wife’s company – LOL : )

HOTELS/MOTELS

DEMOCRAT CONTRIBUTOR

  • Hyatt Corporation donated $187K of which 80% went to Democrats

REPUBLICAN CONTRIBUTORS

  • Marriott International $323K, 81% went to Republicans
  • Holiday Inns donated $38K, 71% went to Republicans
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