Big Spenders

Since we spend so much time on data about who companies donate to, the team at Goods Unite Us thought it could be helpful to isolate which companies donate the most. The lists below answer the question “Who spends the most?” in 3 different ways: By total, by party regardless of political lean, and by party and political lean. (These rankings, of course, only reflect the companies and brands we have in our app.)

Top 10 by total donated:

  1. Comcast
  2. AT&T
  3. Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  4. Honeywell
  5. Goldman Sachs
  6. Lockheed Martin
  7. Koch Industries
  8. Northrop Grumman
  9. Microsoft
  10. Berkshire Hathaway

Next are the top 10 companies by party: one list for donations to Republicans and one for Democrats. The rankings are based on donations over the last 3 election cycles, regardless of the companies’ political lean. Interestingly, 7 companies are in both top 10s: AT&T, Honeywell, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Comcast Corporation, Goldman Sachs, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman. Obviously richer companies have more to donate but this overlap also illuminates the strategizing that goes into corporate donations. After all, if you donate to everyone it doesn’t matter who wins.

Most Money to Republicans:

  1. AT&T
  2. Koch Industries
  3. Honeywell
  4. Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  5. Comcast
  6. Goldman Sachs
  7. Lockheed Martin
  8. Berkshire Hathaway
  9. Northrop Grumman
  10. Home Depot

Most Money to Democrats:

  1. Comcast
  2. Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  3. Alphabet (Google)
  4. AT&T
  5. Microsoft
  6. Honeywell
  7. Goldman Sachs
  8. Renaissance Technologies
  9. Northrop Grumman
  10. Lockheed Martin

Finally, we have the top 10 by party and political lean. As these top 10s show, Republicans get a lot of support from Oil and Gambling companies while Democrats see support from Law Firms, Private Equity, and Tech. The first list is for companies that gave the most to Republicans and lean right overall (at least 80% of donations are Republican). The second, for companies that gave the most to Democrats and lean left overall (at least 80% of donations are Democratic). 

Right to Right:

  1. Koch Industries
  2. Marathon Petroleum
  3. Uline
  4. Las Vegas Sands
  5. Amway
  6. Quicken Loans
  7. Station Casinos
  8. Exxon Mobil
  9. Charles Schwab
  10. Pilot Corporation

Left to Left:

  1. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
  2. Apple
  3. Sabian Capital Group
  4. Centerbridge Partners
  5. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Fiom
  6. Morgan & Morgan
  7. Zumiez
  8. McKinsey & Company
  9. Latham & Watkins
  10. Bloomberg LP
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