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Report: Straightforward Analysis on Funding of the "Big Left"

By Rob Schwarzwalder**
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council
December 2015

 

“Influence of wealthy donors becoming an issue in GOP primaries,” intoned MSNBC journalist Benjy Sarlin in August.

This headline is representative of a common, even historical narrative of the Left: The Republican Party is the party of the wealthy few, while the Democratic Party cares about “the people.” And “compassionate” organizations like Planned Parenthood (the nation’s largest abortion provider, to the tune of more than 325,000 abortions per year) “care” about women in crisis.

Never true, this claim is proven especially fatuous by a careful examination of the donations that those associated with the Left have received in recent years.

“Big Left” is a term that refers to the major corporations, foundations, and individuals aiding liberal causes in the U.S. both financially and ideologically. Within the “Big Left,” there are several patterns of money transfer between corporations, foundations, non-profits, and political organizations.

A predominant pattern is one in which companies make generous contributions to many of the same liberal organizations, e.g., the Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood, the Democratic National Committee, and the Clinton Foundation.

Additionally, many of the major contributors to the Democratic National Committee also contribute heavily to the Clinton Foundation, meaning that these organizations have even closer ties.

Lastly, when studying the “Big Left,” there are several highly influential individuals (e.g., the Clintons, George Soros, and Bill Gates) who have close connections to many other organizations, businesses, and foundations. These people sustain substantial political influence within the Democratic Party, guiding its ideology and priorities.

Individuals, corporations, and foundations have every right to contribute to whomever and whatever they wish, insofar as such contributions are within the bounds of the law. Yet the narrative that the GOP is in the pocket of wealthy interests while the Democratic Party stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the amorphous “little guy” in fighting such interests is demonstrably false. This report demonstrates the connection between the political Left and many who hold enormous financial resources, resources used to encourage the Democratic Party in its increasingly Left-ward tilt. 

** The author wishes to thank FRC Interns Josh Denton (Thomas Edison State College) and Natasha Tax (Temple University) for their outstanding research, without which this project would never have been completed.

 

Planned Parenthood

Direct Corporate Sponsors of Planned Parenthood[1]
(Organizations in Red are involved in at least two Sponsorships)

  1. Adobe                                                                                                 
  2. American Cancer Society                                                                             
  3. American Express
  4. AT&T
  5. Avon
  6. Bank of America
  7. Bath & Body Works
  8. Ben & Jerry’s
  9. Clorox
  10. Converse
  11. Deutsche Bank
  12. Dockers
  13. Energizer
  14. Expedia
  15. ExxonMobil
  16. Fannie Mae
  17. Groupon
  18. Intuit
  19. Johnson & Johnson
  20. La Senza
  21. Levi Strauss
  22. Liberty Mutual
  23. Macy’s
  24. March of Dimes
  25. Microsoft
  26. Morgan Stanley
  27. Nike
  28. Oracle
  29. PepsiCo
  30. Pfizer
  31. Progressive
  32. Starbucks
  33. Susan G. Komen
  34. Tostitos
  35. Unilever
  36. United Way
  37. Verizon
  38. Wells Fargo

 

Top Foundational Sponsors of Planned Parenthood[2] [3]

  1. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation – $230,915,706
  2. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation – $22,827,000
  3. Open Society Institute – $18,350,000
  4. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation – $14,691,659
  5. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – $14,521,748
  6. Ford Foundation – $13,486,250 (Cecile Richards serves on the board)
  7. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program – $10,031,210
  8. The Huber Foundation – $6,200,000
  9. The Educational Foundation of America – $3,478,800
  10. The JPB Foundation – $3,323,993
  11. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation – $2,900,000
  12. Dyson Foundation – $2,463,000
  13. George D. Smith Fund, Inc. – $2,200,000
  14. Houston Endowment Inc. – $2,200,000
  15. The Grove Foundation – $2,164,500
  16. The Holland Foundation – $2,055,000
  17. James and Rebecca Morgan Family Foundation – $1,985,000
  18. Tulsa Community Foundation – $1,951,296
  19. Peierls Foundation – $1,848,600
  20. The Perot Foundation – $1,780,000
  21. Boston Foundation, Inc. – $1,779,300
  22. The California Wellness Foundation – $1,550,000
  23. The Minneapolis Foundation – $1,509,142
  24. The New York Community Trust – $1,456,450
  25. The Offield Family Foundation – $1,350,000
  26. F. M. Kirby Foundation, Inc. – $1,325,000
  27. Erik E. and Edith H. Bergstrom Foundation – $1,316,676
  28. The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation – $1,200,000
  29. Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Inc. – $1,140,000
  30. Weingart Foundation – $1,132,600
  31. Greater Kansas City Community Foundation – $1,066,129

 

Employee Match Corporate Sponsors of Planned Parenthood[4][5]

  1. Fannie May
  2. Avon
  3. Clorox
  4. Levi-Strauss
  5. Macy’s
  6. Exxon Mobil
  7. Verizon
  8. American Express
  9. Nike
  10. Credo Mobile
  11. Royce Leather
  12. Aetna Matching Gift Program
  13. Aon Foundation
  14. AT&T United Way Employee Giving
  15. Bank of America Matching Gifts Program
  16. Bristol-Myers Squibb Employee Giving Program
  17. CHA, LLC
  18. Coach Matching Gift Program
  19. Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, LLC
  20. Decorative Crafts, Inc.
  21. ExxonMobil Foundation, Inc.
  22. GE Foundation
  23. Goldman Sachs Gives
  24. IBM Employee Charitable Contributions Campaign
  25. Illinois Tool Works Foundation
  26. ING Employee Giving Campaign
  27. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Matching Gifts Program
  28. Mead Witter Foundation, Inc.
  29. Network for Good
  30. PepsiCo Foundation, Inc.
  31. Pew Charitable Trusts
  32. Pfizer Foundation
  33. The Prudential Foundation
  34. The Stanley Works Matching Gifts
  35. Travelers Foundation
  36. Truist, Inc.
  37. General Electric Co.
  38. UPS
  39. Johnson & Johnson
  40. Cigna
  41. The United Illuminating Company
  42. United Technologies Matching Gift Program

 

Human Rights Campaign

Direct Corporate Sponsors of Human Rights Campaign:

Platinum Partners[6]

  1. American Airlines
  2. Apple
  3. Coca-Cola**
  4. Diageo
  5. Microsoft
  6. Michelle Gold & Bob Williams
  7. Nationwide
  8. Northrop Grumman
  9. Target

Gold Partners[7]

  1. Bank of America
  2. Chevron
  3. Citi
  4. Deloitte
  5. Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
  6. Lexus
  7. Prudential
  8. W Hotels Worldwide

 

Silver Partners[8]

  1. Cox Enterprise
  2. Ernst & Young LLP
  3. Google
  4. Hyatt
  5. MGM Resorts International
  6. Nike
  7. Tylenol

 

Bronze Partners[9]

  1. Boston Scientific
  2. BP
  3. Credit Suisse
  4. Dell
  5. Gay Destination Weddings.com
  6. Goldman Sachs
  7. Hershey’s
  8. IBM
  9. Lincoln Financial Group
  10. Macy’s Inc.
  11. MetLife
  12. Morgan Stanley
  13. Orbitz
  14. PepsiCo
  15. Pfizer
  16. Replacements, Ltd.
  17. Shell
  18. Starbucks
  19. Symantec
  20. TD Bank
  21. Whirlpool Corporation

 

Amount the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave to Planned Parenthood in 2014:[10]

$431,947 for Family Planning Worldwide

 

Countries that have donated to The Clinton Foundation since January of 2009[11]

17 out of 20 countries that have donated to the Clinton Foundation saw increases in arms exports authorized by Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

 

Country

Donation Min. ($)

FY2006-FY2008 ($)

FY2010-FY2012 ($)

Difference (%)

Algeria

250000

6.5E+08

2.43E+09

274

Australia

10000000

8.03E+09

2.4E+10

198

Bahrain

50000

2.2E+08

6.31E+08

187

Brunei

250000

1.01E+08

19256846

-81

Canada

250000

2.1E+10

2.48E+10

18

Germany

100000

9.15E+09

9.84E+09

8

Ireland

5000000

1.45E+08

1.07E+08

-26

Italy

100000

6.2E+09

1.23E+10

98

Jamaica

50000

18572209

11360582

-39

Kuwait

5000000

1.9E+09

2.11E+09

11

Morocco

2000000

2.5E+08

2.53E+08

1

Netherlands

5000000

3.07E+09

4.66E+09

52

Norway

10000000

2.72E+09

3.35E+09

23

Oman

1000000

1.71E+08

5.47E+08

221

Qatar

1000000

2.71E+08

4.29E+09

1482

Saudi Arabia

10000000

4.11E+09

8.09E+09

97

Taiwan

500000

2.61E+09

3.81E+09

46

Thailand

250000

6.56E+08

1.11E+09

70

UAE

1000000

2.26E+09

2.5E+10

1005

United Kingdom

1000000

2.62E+10

3.8E+10

45

 

 

The Clinton Foundation’s top 135 contributing individuals, corporations, etc.[12] [13]

  • Greater than $25,000,000
  1. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation *
  2. Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canada) *
  3. Fred Eychaner *
  4. Frank Giustra, The Radcliffe Foundation
  5. Nationale Postcode Loterij *
  6. The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  7.  UNITAID
  • $10,000,001-$25,000,000
  1. USAID **
  2. Stephen L. Bing
  3. COPRESIDA
  4. Tom Golisano
  5. Government of Norway **
  6. The Hunter Foundation *
  7. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia *
  8. The Victor Pinchuk Foundation
  9. Cheryl and Haim Saban & The Saban Family Foundation *
  10. The ELMA Foundation
  11. Theodore W. Waitt
  • $5,000,001-$10,000,000
  1. S. Daniel Abraham
  2. Sheikh Mohammed H. Al-Amoudi
  3. Susie Tompkins Buell Fund of the Marin Community Foundation *
  4. C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Inc. *
  5. Commonwealth of Australia **
  6. Elton John AIDS Foundation
  7. Government of the Netherlands **
  8. Irish Aid **
  9. J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation *
  10. John D. Mackay
  11. Denis J. O’Brien *
  12. Michael Schumacher
  13. State of Kuwait
  14. The Coca-Cola Company *
  15. The Rockefeller Foundation
  16. The Swedish Postcode Lottery *
  17. The Wasserman Foundation *
  • $1,000,001-$5,000,000
  1. 100 Women in Hedgefunds
  2. Absolute Return for Kids (ARK)
  3. Jay Alix
  4. Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
  5. Nasser Al-Rashid
  6. American Federation of Teachers *
  7. Angelopoulos Foundation *
  8. Gianna Angelopoulos
  9. Anheuser-Busch Foundation
  10. Smith and Elizabeth Bagley *
  11. Barclays Capital
  12. Mary Bing and Doug Ellis
  13. Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund *
  14. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina *
  15. Richard Blum and Blum Family Foundation *
  16. Booz Allen Hamilton *
  17. The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation *
  18. The Sherwood Foundation *
  19. Richard and Jackie Caring *
  20. Gilbert R. Chagoury
  21. Christy and John Mack Foundation *
  22. Cisco *
  23. Citi Foundation
  24. The Clinton Family Foundation *
  25. Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund
  26. Stephen J. Cloobeck *
  27. Roy E. Cockrum *
  28. Victor P. Dahdaleh & The Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Charitable Foundation
  29. The ERANDA Foundation *
  30. Robert Disbrow
  31. Dubai Foundation
  32. Duke Energy Corporation
  33. Entergy
  34. ExxonMobil *
  35. Issam M. Fares & The Wedge Foundation *
  36. Joseph T. Ford
  37. Wallace W. Fowler
  38. Friends of Saudi Arabia
  39. Fundacion Telmex
  40. Mala Gaonkar Haarman
  41. GEMS Education *
  42. Ariadne Getty *
  43. GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale **
  44. The James R. Greenbaum, Jr. Family Foundation
  45. Vin Gupta *
  46. Worldwide Support for Development *
  47. Hewlett-Packard Company *
  48. Hult International Business School *
  49. Humana Inc. *
  50. ICAP Services North America *
  51. Inter-American Development Bank *
  52. Sanela D. Jenkins
  53. Robert L. Johnson *
  54. Walid Juffali
  55. Dave Katragadda
  56. Kessler Family Foundation
  57. Michael and Jena King
  58. Laureate International Universities
  59. Lukas Lundin
  60. MAC AIDS Fund
  61. The Marc Haas Foundation *
  62. Microsoft *
  63. Lakshmi N. Mittal
  64. James R. Murdoch
  65. Norad (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) **
  66. NRG Energy, Inc. *
  67. OAS S.A.
  68. OCP Corporation
  69. Open Society Institute
  70. Jonathan M. Orszag *
  71. Peter G. Peterson Foundation *
  72. Pfizer Inc *
  73. PGA Tour, Inc. *
  74. Presidential Inaugural Committee
  75. Princess Diana Memorial Fund
  76. Procter & Gamble *
  77. Stewart Rahr
  78. Paul D. Reynolds
  79. Robertson Foundation
  80. Newsmax Media Inc. *
  81. Salida Capital Foundation
  82. Donald L. Saunders *
  83. Joachim Schoss
  84. Bernard L. Schwartz
  85. Walter H. Shorenstein
  86. Arnold H. Simon
  87. Bren Simon *
  88. Amar Singh
  89. Carlos Slim Helú & Fundación Carlos Slim
  90. Michael Smurfit *
  91. Harold Snyder
  92. Sol Goldman Charitable Trust *
  93. Steven Spielberg
  94. Standard Chartered Bank *
  95. Starkey Hearing Foundation *
  96. Starkey Hearing Technologies, Inc. *
  97. State of Qatar
  98. Sterling Stamos Capital Management, LP
  99. The Streisand Foundation *
  100. Suzlon Energy Ltd.

* Indicates a contribution was made by this donor in 2014.

** Government Grants

 

Projects to which George Soros contributes[14]

There are 187 organizations that, in recent years, have received direct funding and assistance from George Soros and his Open Society Institute (OSI). They are listed at http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1237. (Comprehensive profiles of each are available in the “Groups” section of DiscoverTheNetworks.org.)

 

The “Forbes 400”

Members of the Four Hundred wealthiest people in the U.S. who are directly related to organizations that donate to Planned Parenthood and/or the Human Rights Campaign:[15]

 

#1

Bill Gates

$76 B

Microsoft

#10

Larry Page

$33.3 B

Google

#11

Sergey Brin

$32.6 B

Google

#26

Paul Allen

$17.8 B

Microsoft, investments

#48

Eric Schmidt

$9.9 B

Google

#129

Karen Pritzker

$4.3 B

hotels, investments

#182

Anthony Pritzker

$3.4 B

hotels, investments

#182

Jay Robert (J.B.) Pritzker

$3.4 B

hotels, investments

#211

Thomas Pritzker

$3 B

hotels, investments

#279

Penny Pritzker

$2.4 B

hotels, investments

#293

Jean (Gigi) Pritzker

$2.3 B

hotels, investments

#293

John Pritzker

$2.3 B

hotels, investments

#327

Daniel Pritzker

$2.1 B

hotels, investments

#375

Linda Pritzker

$1.8 B

hotels, investments

#389

Jennifer Pritzker

$1.75 B

hotels, investments

 

 

 

[1] “Meet the 38 Companies That Donate to Planned Parenthood,” The Daily Signal, accessed October 21, 2015, http://dailysignal.com/2015/07/21/meet-the-41-companies-that-donate-directly-to-planned-parenthood/.

[2] “Planned Parenthood’s Biggest Donors Gave $374 Million in Four Years,” NewsBusters, accessed October 21, 2015, http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/alatheia-larsen/2015/07/31/planned-parenthoods-biggest-donors-gave-374-million-four-years.

[3] Note: Since the first video was released in June, Coca-Cola, Ford, and Xerox have pulled their names from this list: http://dailysignal.com/2015/07/23/planned-parenthood-pulls-names-of-corporate-donors-after-coca-cola-ford-and-xerox-object/.

[4] “We Asked Companies About Their Donations to Planned Parenthood. Here’s How They Responded,” The Daily Signal, accessed October 21, 2015, http://dailysignal.com/2015/07/23/we-asked-companies-about-their-donations-to-planned-parenthood-heres-how-they-responded/.

[5] This list, which was provided by Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, is not comprehensive, as most companies will match gifts to any qualified non-profit. However, these are listed as being aggregable to the employee match program to Planned Parenthood: http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/more-companies-that-donate-to-planned-parenthood.

[6] “National Corporate Partners: Platinum Partners,” The Human Rights Campaign, accessed October 21, 2015, http://www.hrc.org/the-hrc-story/corporate-partners/platinum.

[7] “National Corporate Partners: Gold Partners,” The Human Rights Campaign, accessed October 21, 2015, http://www.hrc.org/the-hrc-story/corporate-partners/gold.

[8] “National Corporate Partners: Silver Partners,” The Human Rights Campaign, accessed October 21, 2015, http://www.hrc.org/the-hrc-story/corporate-partners/silver.

[9] “National Corporate Partners: Bronze Partners,” The Human Rights Campaign, accessed October 21, 2015, http://www.hrc.org/the-hrc-story/corporate-partners/bronze.

[10] “AWARDED GRANTS,” Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, accessed October 21, 2015, http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=planned%20parenthood.

[11] “Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton’s State Department,” International Business Times, accessed October 21, 2015, http://www.ibtimes.com/clinton-foundation-donors-got-weapons-deals-hillary-clintons-state-department-1934187.

[12] “Problem for Hillary? ?Clinton charity didn’t disclose foreign donors,” CBSNews.com, accessed October 21, 2015, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/problem-for-hillary-clinton-charity-didnt-disclose-foreign-donors/.

[13] “Contributor and Grantor Information,” The Clinton Foundation, accessed October 21, 2015, https://www.clintonfoundation.org/contributors?category=Greater+than+%2425%2C000%2C000.

[14] “Organizations Funded Directly by George Soros and his Open Society Institute,” DiscoverTheNetworks.org, accessed November 23, 2015, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1237.  

[15] “Forbes 400,” Forbes.com, accessed October 21, 2015, http://www.forbes.com/forbes-400/.

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