Given its billionaire conservative founders, you might think the most Republican company in the country based on political donations is Koch Industries. You'd be wrong.
According to the New York Times, Thomasville, Ga.-based Flowers Foods — which makes Wonder Bread and Tastykakes — has given 99.5 percent of its political contributions since 1979 to GOP candidates.
That's over 10 percent more than Koch, which has given 88.1 percent of its political contributions to Republicans.
In fact, there are 10 other American companies that have given a bigger share of their political donations to GOP candidates than Koch, according to the Times' analysis of Federal Election Commission data:
∙ Illinois Tool Works: 95.9 percent
∙ Cooper Industries: 93.6 percent
∙ Devon Energy: 93 percent)
∙ Bloomin' Brands (formerly Outback Steakhouse): 93 percent
∙ Eaton: 92.7 percent
∙ Timken: 91.7 percent
∙ Marathon Petroleum: 91.7 percent
∙ ExxonMobil: 90.2 percent
∙ Halliburton: 90.2 percent
∙ Anadarko Petroleum: 90 percent
Branch Banking and Trust, at 88.1 percent, is tied for 12th with Koch Industries, according to the Times' list.
By contrast, the most Democratic-leaning company in America by percentage of donations is Citizens Financial Group, which has given more than three quarters (77.5 percent) of its $1 million in political contributions to the party.
Flowers Food's political action committee has supported just three Democrats since 1984, and not one in 20 years, the Times reports. The publicly traded company, which has "been delivering quality baked foods at a good value for more than 80 years," had sales of $3.75 billion in 2013.
Overall, Koch has given far more money to Republicans than Flowers Foods. According to OpenSecrets.org, the privately held Koch has made $1.4 million in political contributions in the 2014 cycle, including $816,000 to Republican congressional candidates ($12,000 to Democrats).
Through April 20, Flowers Foods' PAC has contributed $95,000 to GOP groups, including $7,500 to South Carolina congressional candidate Mark Sanford and Texas Sen. John Cornyn.
- Politics & Government