Top All-Time Donors, 1989-2010
|LEGEND: Republican Democrat On the fence |
| || = Between 40% and 59% to both parties |
= Leans Dem/Repub (60%-69%)
= Strongly Dem/Repub (70%-89%)
= Solidly Dem/Repub (over 90%)
|Rank||Organization||Total '89-'10||Dem %||Repub %||Tilt|
|3||American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees||$43,477,361||98%||1%|
|4||National Assn of Realtors||$38,721,441||49%||50%|
|6||American Assn for Justice||$33,143,279||90%||8%|
|7||Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$33,056,216||97%||2%|
|8||National Education Assn||$32,024,610||93%||6%|
|11||Carpenters & Joiners Union||$29,265,808||89%||10%|
|12||Service Employees International Union||$29,140,232||95%||3%|
|13||American Federation of Teachers||$28,733,991||98%||0%|
|14||Communications Workers of America||$28,376,306||98%||0%|
|16||American Medical Assn||$27,597,820||40%||59%|
|17||United Auto Workers||$27,134,252||98%||0%|
|18||National Auto Dealers Assn||$26,311,758||32%||67%|
|19||Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union||$26,229,477||98%||0%|
|20||United Parcel Service||$25,290,039||36%||62%|
We do have a lot of misconceptions in this country.
I was busy trying to make a point elsewhere about how corporations tend to fund both Ds & Rs so that they can play the game of corporate largesse. That point seems to be supported by what I found on Open Secrets. But it just jumped out at me how much noise we hear about the Koch Brothers, so I looked for them. I looked right at the top. Then I scrolled down. And scrolled down, and down, and down. #83.
Look at the top 20. 11 unions represented. Look at who they support. Is it any wonder there is a political war going on, with unions at the center of it? It takes a willful ignorance to look at this and to feign surprise.