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Companies You Had No Idea Were Republican

Updated February 21, 2020 9.9k votes 1.8k voters 149.6k views19 items

List RulesVote 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
    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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  • Target
    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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  • Pepsi's soft money contributions are as follows: 

    2002 - $117,000 to Dems, $790,600 to Republicans
    2000 - $80,000 to Dems, $407,000 to Republicans
    1998 - $50,000 to Dems, $250,000 to Republicans

    Source: Open Secrets

    Pepsi also donated $200,000 to help fund Bush's 2001 inaugural ceremony.

    Source: Open Secrets

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  • Urban Outfitters
    Photo: JeepersMedia / flickr / CC-BY 2.0

    Richard Hayne is the President and CEO of Urban Outfitters and an avid Republican. He's also a vocal supporter of Rick Santorum and has donated over $13,000 to him. He also owns Anthropologie and Free People. 

    Source: Snopes

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