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Shopping For Dems: 10 Companies That Support Democratic Candidates

All contribution amounts are from 2004-2008 and are referenced from:

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1. Coffee


Republican: Dunkin’ Donuts (D-$29,000, R-$87,050)

Democrat: Starbucks (D-$267,094, R-$22,092)

When it come to coffee shop chains, consider choosing Starbucks over Dunkin’ Donuts. Not only does Starbucks offer a wider variety of tasty drinks, but they consistently support democratic candidates. Additionally, Starbucks has long been a supporter of LGBT rights. In 2011, Starbucks was one of 70 companies to file a brief in federal court to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act. And, in 2013, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced the company’s support of a bill (which got passed!) that would legalize gay marriage in Washington State.

2. General Stores


Republican: Target (R-$913,703, D-$306,376)

Democrat: Costco (R-$19,295, D-$722,503)

Costco is one of the best places to find great deals on 4-pound jars of jellybeans and diamond engagement rings. But did you know that Costco is leading the country on the issue fair wages? Costco’s starting wage is $11.50 per hour, but the average Costco employee makes $21 per hour. On top of that, 88% of Costco employees are covered by company-sponsored health insurance. It’s time to think about investing in that $55 per year Costco membership!

3. Clothing


Republican: JC Penny (D-$100,325, R-$394,840)

Democrat: Gap (D-$599,992, $345,750)

Like Costco, Gap has raised its minimum wage to $9 per hour in 2014 and $10 per hour in 2015. This wage increase applies to all Gap brands, including Old Navy, and Banana Republic. President Obama even made a stop at Gap in NYC to show his support of the wage increase and to pick out some clothes for his family. "I think the ladies will be impressed by my style sense," Obama said.

4. Drug Stores


Republican: CVS (R-$648,203, D-$647,857)

Democrat: Walgreens (R-$224,969, D-$259,001), Rite Aid (D-$129,835, R-$84,050)

Drug stores such as CVS and Walgreens donate to both democratic and republican candidates equally. But Rite Aid, the largest drug store chain on the East coast, stands out. Not only does Rite Aid contribute to democrats at higher rates than to some of its competitors, it also recognizes the importance of affordable health care for all Americans. After the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, Rite Aid invited insurance agents to its store to explain the ACA to customers and help them “#GetCovered”. Moreover, the store even dedicated a portion of its website to helping customers understand how to enroll. Check it out here:

5. Computers


Republican: Dell (R-$880,590, D-$342,746)

Democrat: Apple (R- $30,200, D-$368,397)

In addition to designing sleek computers and donating to democratic candidates, as of April 2014, Apple’s product (RED) campaign has raised and donated over 70 million dollars to the fight against aids. That’s a big number!

6. Beauty Products


Republican: Johnson & Johnson (R-$1,146,143, D-$888,059)

Democrat: Aveda (R-$0, D-$156,600)

On top of donating to only democratic candidates, Aveda is committed to eco-friendly practices. In fact, Aveda purchases wind energy to offset 100% of the energy used in their main manufacturing facility, company headquarters, the Aveda Institute, and "Aveda-owned Experience Centers, Salons and Institutes in New York City." It's great for your hair and for the earth!

7. Grocery Stores


Republican: Safeway (R-$629,729, D-$456,741)

Democrat: Whole Foods (R-$32,500, D-$39,808)

Whole Foods is known for it’s organic products and hipster cashiers, but did you know that the store has increased its starting wage for employees to $10 per hour, while the average employee actually makes over $18 per hour? Though Whole Foods’ prices are often steep, its fair wages make it a company that we are happy to support. Even Fabio likes Whole Foods!

8. Cereals

Republican: General Mills (R-$390,606, D-$262,592)

Democrat: Kellogg’s: (R-$122,057, D-$119,750)

Though Kellogg’s and General Mills both contribute to Republican candidates, the former contributes to Democrats and Republican at almost equal rates. Kellogg’s founder, Will Keith Kellogg, is also the founder of the W.K Kellogg Foundation, one of the largest charitable foundations in the United States. The WKKF is committed to promoting education, healthy children, and financially secure families. Learn more about their work here:

9. Airlines

Republican: Southwest Airlines (R-$484,323, D-162,962), U.S. Airways (R-$344,405, D-$108,204), American Airlines (R-$912,098, $682,071)

Democrat: United (R-$323,453, D-$484,931)

United Airlines is one of the only airlines that contributes more to democrats than to republicans. And on top of their political contributions, United partners with numerous nonprofits from across the country, including the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, and March of Dimes (which was founded in 1938 by the one and only FDR!)

10. Banks

Republican: Wells Fargo (R-$2,012,662, D-$1,323,674)

Democrat: Citi (R-$2944,345, D-$4,350,892)

In addition to donating to democratic candidates, Citibank is the co-founder of Veterans on Wall Street, a nonprofit that has raised over $1.2 million in 2013 for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which serves U.S. service members and their families. Citi Bank also sponsors softball games to benefit the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free or low-cost housing for veterans and their families.

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