Simply Wonder-ful! Breadmaker Is Most GOP Company in US

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Thursday, 08 May 2014 08:49 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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The maker of Wonder Bread donates a larger percentage of its political contributions to the Republican Party than even Koch Industries, according to Federal Election Commission data.

The report shows that the political action committee of the Georgia-based company Flower Foods, which also makes Tastykakes and Nature’s Own baked goods, has given 99.5 percent of its political donations from 1979 to 2014 to Republicans, The New York Times reported in its Upshot blog.

Flower Foods tops the FEC’s "Strongly Leading Right" list of the dozen leading PACs of corporations that contribute to GOP candidates and committees during that time period.

The breadmaker gave 0.5 percent to Democratic candidates, but those donations ended 20 years ago.

The PAC of Koch Industries, headed by billionaire conservative brothers Charles and David Koch, has donated 88.1 percent of its political funding to the GOP in the past 35 years.

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In second place on the FEC list is Illinois Tool Works with 95.9 percent of donations to made to the GOP from 1979 to 2014, while Cooper Industries, Devon Energy, Bloomin’ Brands (formerly Outback steakhouse), and Eaton round out the top five. Cooper Industries acquired Eaton in 2012.

Langdon Flowers, an executive with the Flower Foods family business for 38 years, was a consistent Republican donor until his death in 2007. The newspaper reported that he once called for a constitutional amendment demanding a balanced budget "with messianic zeal."

George Deese, the company’s executive chairman who has worked there for 50 years, has made personal donations to Republican candidates and committees, as have most other executives, the Times said.

Chief Executive Allen Shiver, who has been with the company for 36 years after starting as a route salesman, has made donations to GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia.

The newspaper also revealed that people who work for Flower Foods have donated less than $5,000 to Democrats since the Reagan presidency, compared with more than $500,000 to Republican candidates and committees during that period.

The 95-year-old publicly traded company reported net income in the most recent fiscal year of $230.9 million on sales of $3.75 billion, the Times added.

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