Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Corporate Contributions

Just how do companies divvy their political dollars.

The Leadership Institute has released its study of the largest corporate and business-related Political Action Committee (PAC) contributors so browsers can see whether companies line up with their political views.

"People who visit our website and take a look at this can examine what companies that they do business with. "There are differences among companies and how they give, and how they use their money for philosophical purposes."

For example, the study found that the PACs of Hershey and Nestle both contributed about $30,000 during the 2005-2006 election cycle. Hershey gave 100 percent of that money to conservative candidates, while Nestle sent 42 percent of its contributions to liberals. Shoe company Nike gave 80 percent to conservatives and 20 percent to liberals.

Access to the complete study is available at the Leadership Institute's website. (One News Now)

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