How To Avoid Bankrolling Right-Wing Attack Ads

 

Written by Scott Keyes and Adam Peck

Have you eaten at White Castle recently? Or caught a movie at Regal Cinemas?

If so, you may be unwittingly helping finance right-wing attack ads.

That’s because many of the country’s most common brands are run by rich conservatives who are using their personal wealth to bankroll outside spending groups that are running attack ads smearing progressives. From Marriott Hotels to Brawny paper towels, and from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Coachella music festival, corporate executives at these organizations have given millions of dollars to groups like Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future.

Some corporations, like Waffle House, give direct donations to conservative attack ad groups like Karl Rove’s American Crossroads.

The following list of consumer brands either have leaders who wrote checks to outside right-wing attack ad groups or gave money directly from the corporation. Only entities that gave $25,000 or more were included in this guide.

 

Next page: how are these brands working for the right-wing agenda?

Hotels

Marriott Hotels is a subsidiary of Marriott International, whose chairman J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr. has contributed $1,000,000 to Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future. [Source]

Omni Hotels is a subsidiary of TRT Hodlings, a private corporation whose co-founder Robert Rowling has given more than $1,000,000 in total to American Crossroads and Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future. [Source]

Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas is owned by Sheldon Adelson, who along with his wife have pledged $71 million to right-wing attack groups, including Newt Gingrich’s Super PAC Winning Our Future, Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future, Crossroads GPS, a group set up by former Eric Cantor aides named the Young Guns Network, and a group tied to John Boehner named the Congressional Leadership Fund. [Source]

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is a subsidiary of Marriott International, whose chairman J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr. has contributed $1,000,000 to Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future. [Source]

Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is owned by Sheldon Adelson, who along with his wife have pledged $71 million to right-wing attack groups, including Newt Gingrich’s Super PAC Winning Our Future, Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future, Crossroads GPS, a group set up by former Eric Cantor aides named the Young Guns Network, and a group tied to John Boehner named the Congressional Leadership Fund. [Source]

Household items

Angel Soft toilet paper is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, headed by Charles and David Koch who 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, the 60 Plus Association and the American Future Fund. [Source]

Brawny paper towels is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, headed by Charles and David Koch who 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, the 60 Plus Association and the American Future Fund. [Source]

Dixie cups is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, headed by Charles and David Koch who 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, the 60 Plus Association and the American Future Fund. [Source]

Georgia Pacific is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, headed by Charles and David Koch who 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, the 60 Plus Association and the American Future Fund. [Source]

Entertainment

Coachella Music & Arts Festival is an affiliate of AEG, whose parent company Anschutz Corporation is run by Philip Anschutz. He has made many political donations, including a $50,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC. [Source]

Regal Cinemas is an affiliate of AEG, whose parent company Anschutz Corporation is run by Philip Anschutz. He has made many political donations, including a $50,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC. [Source]

Food

Blue Bell Creameries, the ice cream manufacturer, gave $40,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC. [Source]

Waffle House, the 24-hour breakfast food restaurant, gave Karl Rove’s group American Crossroads $100,000 from its corporate fund. [Source]

White Castle, the Ohio-based burger chain, gave $25,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC. [Source]

Athletics

New Balance, the shoe company, is headed by Jim Davis who has donated $1,000,000 to Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future. [Source]

Gold’s Gym is a subsidiary of TRT Hodlings, a private corporation whose co-founder Robert Rowling has given more than $1,000,000 in total to American Crossroads and Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future. [Source]

Sports franchises

Houston Dynamo, the MLS team, is an affiliate of AEG, whose parent company Anschutz Corporation is run by Philip Anschutz. He has made many political donations, including a $50,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC. [Source]

Los Angeles Galaxy the MLS team, is an affiliate of AEG, whose parent company Anschutz Corporation is run by Philip Anschutz. He has made many political donations, including a $50,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC. [Source]

Los Angeles Kings, the NHL team, is an affiliate of AEG, whose parent company Anschutz Corporation is run by Philip Anschutz. He has made many political donations, including a $50,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC. [Source]

Los Angeles Lakers the NBA team, is an affiliate of AEG, whose parent company Anschutz Corporation is run by Philip Anschutz. He has made many political donations, including a $50,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC. [Source]

Orlando Magic, the NBA team, is owned by Richard DeVos, a Michigan billionaire who has given more than $1,000,000 to the Koch Brothers’ 2012 anti-Obama efforts. [Source]

Miscellaneous

Charles Schwab Corporation, an investment company founded and run by Charles Schwab, who along with his wife has given $250,000 to Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future. [Source]

Menards, the Midwestern home improvement chain, whose founder and owner John Menard pledged more than $1,000,000 to the Koch Brothers’ 2012 anti-Obama efforts. [Source]

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.

 

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61 comments

Stanley B.
stan Balgobin3 years ago

We need to arrest the KOCHroaches for illegal trading with Iran. Where is the political will for justice? TThe brothers should be extradited to the International Court of Human Rights and tried for Human Rights violations. All and anyone bringing valid evidence to the court should be rewarded with a prize of $1 million and successful prosecution a $1 billion distributed to the disabled and elderly living in poverty. The balance to forgive all student debt and Universal Health Care. Stop the KOCH funded wars and slavery of the working poor.

Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago

Georgia Pacific is the one that's hard to avoid.
First are Georgia-Pacific consumer products: Angel Soft, Quilted Northern, and Soft n Gentle toilet paper; Brawny paper towels; any of the Dixie plates, bowls and napkins; Sparkle, Vanity Fair and Zee napkins; Georgia-Pacific's paper products.
Second are Georgia-Pacific building products. The list is quite extensive so I'll just refer you to Shoq Value's rundown of them at http://shoqvalue.com/anticipating-a-koch-boycott-a-few-of-their-products
Third are a whole bunch of products under the Invista banner: Coolmax, Cordura, Solarmax, Supplex, and Thermolite fabrics, as well as those containing Lycra; Comforel fiberfill; Dacron fibers; Somerelle bedding products; Stainmaster carpets and Tactesse carpet fiber. There are also a number of resins on the list.
In addition to those three big areas, Koch Industries is involved in huge range of activities: Pollution control equipment, oil refining, fertilizers--as well as the Matador Cattle Company.

Leah H.
Leah H.3 years ago

Alison M. - I downloaded a list of Koch products, but I don't remember the exact site. There is one available, however. AngelSoft and Brawny, Vanity Fair napkins, Chervon and Union gas, and a whole bunch of fabric related products, such as CoolMax, Supplex, dacron, Comforel, and solarmax are on it. They are off my shopping list. I may not be able to stop the Kochs, but I don't have to support them.

Leah H.
Leah H.3 years ago

Paula M. The companies represented in this list have already damaged our society and they are trying very hard to damage it further. They are also involved in legislation such as Stand Your Ground (go ahead, shoot someone and claim afterward that you were afraid as in Trayvon Martin), anti-woman attacks, and voter suppression laws. If you feel sorry them, I feel sorry for you.

Diana Bair
Diana Bair3 years ago

Just switch to another brand, there are plenty, the more people who do, hopefully they will get the idea, no company wants to lose........business.....but it will take a lot of people, not just a ....FEW.......so..................PASS IT ON. Diana.

Alan G.
Alan G.3 years ago

"The one critical difference between those boycotts and the ones on this site is that those companies are pushing a social agenda. The ones on this site are only guilty of donating to republican candidates." Elizabeth M C

You actually believe that the Republicans don't have a social agenda? Really?!

Alan G.
Alan G.3 years ago

"Is it right to politicize life to this extent? I worry that this kind of exclusionary thinking may damage our civil society if taken too far." - Paula M. -

It seems to me that it is the companies who are politicizing things for us.

Besides perspective makes everything political, or as Aristotle said ""Man is by nature a political animal".

Shan D.
Shan D.3 years ago

"Wealthy individuals and corporations even make the machines that COUNT YOUR VOTES." - Greg K. -

In Canada, we count votes by hand. HUMAN hands, *not* machines. And it's only in the last federal election that we've had any significant issues with stolen elections and an illegitimate Prime Minister - who learned his lessons in dirty politics from Lyin' Brian Mulroney and his AMERICAN friends.

Shan D.
Shan D.3 years ago

"Is it right to politicize life to this extent? I worry that this kind of exclusionary thinking may damage our civil society if taken too far." - Paula M. -

Your kind already damaged civil society - decades ago. If the shoe was on the other foot, damn right you'd be leading the cry to boycott. Oh, wait - you already did...


"I've never heard of "One Million Harpies" before this." - Elizabeth M.C. -

If you protested against the protest against Ellen DeGeneres, as you claim, you must have heard of them - they call themselves "One Million Moms." But the word "Harpies" suits them much better.

Tierney G.
Tierney G.3 years ago

Angies list is another I recall. They also still advertise on Rush Blimpo's show.

So far so good I don't use any of these brands. Something interesting though about Georgia Pacific. I had owned that stock for years and just recently like two years ago sold it because it was not being managed well. Hmmmm gee I wonder why....