Politics

Companies You Had No Idea Were Republican 

Coy Jandreau
Updated February 21, 2020 8.3k votes 1.4k voters 132.4k views 19 items

List Rules Vote up the most surprising Republican companies.

Just like most people, major Corporations tend to swing one way or another politically. Whether it's a Republican CEO, influential Republican stock holders, or the people that heavily endorse the product, what goes on behind the scenes is often a lot more politically charged than you'd imagine. But who are the most surprising Republican corporations out there? We've created a list of big companies with political agendas that lean to the right. 

Sometimes a company's allegiance will surprise you. Just because a company isn't publicly Republican doesn't mean they aren't incentivized by Republican beliefs - you don't realize all of the politics behind that simple burger joint or late night taco stop. Some companies you would expect to be GOP inclined (you'll notice there are no oil companies or national banks on this list), but these are the surprises; the places you had no idea were politically affiliated.

These are the companies you didn't realize had strong Republican leanings. Vote up the one that surprised you most!

Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Companies You Had No Idea Were Republican
Photo: Mike Mozart/Flickr

The Center for Responsive Politics reports that 87% of the donations by the Yum! Brands PAC (Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silver) have gone to Republicans in recent election cycles. 

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Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Companies You Had No Idea Were Republican
Photo: Nheyob/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA 4.0

Wendy's is actually one of the top contributers to the Republican party in all of the food industry, contributing a whopping $230,600. 9% to Dems, 91% to Republicans. 

Source: Open Secrets
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Target is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Companies You Had No Idea Were Republican
Photo: JeepersMedia/flickr/CC-BY 2.0

Target made a number of large donations in 2010 to the tune of $150,000+ to a Republican party member's campaign tour, that year alone. They claim to be Bipartisan and donate equally to both parties, but it's hard to tell. 

 Source: NY Daily News
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Angel Soft
Angelsoft, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Companies You Had No Idea Were Republican
Photo: Angel Soft

Angel Soft is run by Koch Industries headed by Charles and David Koch. They are planning to funnel approximately $400 million to groups like the National Rifle Association, Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, the National Right to Life Committee, Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition, and the American Future Fund. 

 Source: Huffington Post

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