Unions spend big on Capitol Hill

Despite what you may have heard, it is unions, not businesses that throw around the most money on Capitol Hill. Check out these charts.

The data included in this post is from 1989-2009. It is illuminating. For instance as you can see here, unions gave more to political parties (really the Dems) than any industry group, by a good bit.

A Chart Showing the Top 100 Donors to Political Candidates and Political Parties from 1989 to 2009

Here it is broken out by party. Not surprising that the GOP isn’t getting much union support.

A Chart Showing the Top 100 Donors to Political Candidates and Political Parties from 1989 to 2009 Broken Down by Party

This graph almost makes tobacco look friendly.

A Chart Showing the Top Donors to Political Candidates and Political Parties from 1989 to 2009, Demonstrating that Labor Unions Contributed More Than Twice as Much as the Telecommunications, Insurance, Tobacco, Pharmaceuticals, and Real Estate Industries Combined

And how the industry groups break out by party. The only group that gave less in percentage terms to the GOP than unions? Lawyers.

A Chart Showing the Top Donors to Political Candidates and Political Parties from 1989 to 2009, Demonstrating that Labor Unions Give 90% of Their Donations to Democrats, the Investment, Telecommunications, Insurance, and Real Estate Industries Split Donations Evenly Between the Two Parties, and the Tobacco, Pharmaceuticals, and Oil Industries Give 75% of Their Donations to Republicans

With the amount of money organized labor spends on politicians it’s amazing any business gets done in this country at all.

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