Is This America's Most Republican Company?
Flowers Foods' giving more lopsided than the Koch Brothers'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 8, 2014 11:46 AM CDT
In this Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, file photo, Hostess Brands Wonder breads are displayed at a grocery store in Santa Clara, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – Want to see a company that makes Koch Industries look bipartisan? Look no further than Flowers Foods. The Georgia-based maker of Wonder Bread has given 99.5% of its political contributions since 1979 to Republicans, Derek Willis at the New York Times points out, possibly the most lopsided total of any major corporation. In comparison, Koch Industries' figure is just 88.1%—it's given as much to Democrats in the past 14 months as Flowers has in more than 30 years.

Flowers' executives hold to the same pattern in their personal giving; they've bestowed less than $5,000 total to Democrats since the Reagan administration, and at least $509,000 to Republicans. Yet the company is fairly quiet about its giving, and one political scientist says they're not even major power brokers in Georgia politics. Most companies distribute their largesse more evenly. Meanwhile, Democrats' most devoted company is Citizens Financial Group, which has given 77.5% of its donations to the party.

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Cat-Lover
May 9, 2014 8:24 AM CDT
FYI: Check Wonder's relationship with Carlos Slim. You'd be surprised where much of Wonder's money comes from and it ain't bread-eaters.
Walt
May 9, 2014 8:10 AM CDT
Why is this a story?. who cares.
VladT
May 9, 2014 8:07 AM CDT
What worries me is that, sadly, there will probably be people who will stop eating Wonderbread because of this, and conversely, from the other side of the aisle, there will be people who will start. I typically just buy products that taste good, without checking their political backing, but that's just me :P