Follow the Money: 2014 Midterms

A week ago, voters elected a new Senate majority. In key Senate races across the country, voters made their choice on which candidates supported their values. What most people don’t know is corporations did the same.

For all the post-election analysis involving mega donors such as the Koch brothers or liberal Tom Steyer, labor union get out the vote efforts, or shadowy organizations’ barrage of ads, not much attention has been given to hundreds of corporations’ outright support of one candidate over another in the 2014 midterm election.

2nd Vote’s research team compiled a sample of direct corporate PAC contributions for races that decided which party would hold the majority in the Senate. The next time consumers are contemplating where to spend their hard-earned money, they might want to take into consideration the following corporations and their support of candidates.

  • In Alaska, fast food restaurant Wendy’s financially supported Republican candidate Dan Sullivan in Alaska, while McDonalds backed Democrat Begich.
  • Arkansas headquartered Wal-Mart supported the status quo in their home state by contributing to incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mark Pryor9%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard9%‘s campaign.
  • Sierra Nevada and Miller brewing company both tapped the Democrat Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mark Udall0%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0% as their choice in Colorado.
  • L Brands, which includes Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Pink gave to Republican Scott Brown in New Hampshire.
  • John Deere supported Republicans Joni Ernst in Iowa, Thom Tillis in North Carolina, and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mitch McConnell68%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard68% in Kentucky.
  • Bloomin Brands (Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Fleming’s Steakhouse) also backed Republicans Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Tom Cotton82%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard82% in Arkansas, Tillis in North Carolina, and McConnell in Kentucky.
  • Google contributed to both New Hampshire Democrat Shaheen and Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mary Landrieu2%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard2%.

2nd Vote is consistently digging through data on corporate contributions and ties to politically or ideologically driven organizations and we’ll continue to update …read more    

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