Energy companies dominate list of most Republican companies

HOUSTON — Energy companies dominate the list of the most Republican companies in the United States, according to a New York Times report.

The Times analyzed Federal Election Commission data since 1979, calculating what percentage of each company’s political contributions went to Republican candidates and committees.

Surprisingly, the No. 1 position went to Flower Foods, the Georgia-based company that makes Wonder Bread. But also in the “strongly leaning right” group, The Times listed Houston-based oil and gas powerhouses Halliburton and Anadarko Petroleum. Several other energy companies, including Oklahoma City-based Devon and Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum, rose to the top.

New York Times reporter Derek Willis noted that, while it’s not unusual for corporations’ political contributions to lean right, there’s usually some balance. A 90 percent bias to one side is high, particularly for publicly traded companies.

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