Entertainment Workers Giving Six Times as Much to Democrats as Republicans

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Rumor has it that people who create television and movies lean a tad left, politically speaking. Turns out, it’s overwhelmingly true – at least in the current election cycle, according to the latest data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Between Jan. 1, 2011, and July 20, 2012, employees at the seven major media conglomerates -- Comcast, Disney, News Corp., Time Warner, CBS, Viacom and Sony – donated $4.1 million to Democrats and only $711,000 to Republicans. That means Hollywood employees are backing Dems with about six times as much cash as the GOP.

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Even those employed by News Corp., home of Fox News Channel and controlled by the conservative-leaning Rupert Murdoch, gave the vast majority of their political dollars to Democrats, to the tune of $488,000 compared with $165,000.

Those who work at Time Warner, home of HBO and Time magazine, lean the most lopsidedly left, according to the figures, with the conglomerate’s employees giving $1.1 million to Democrats and a meager $39,000 to Republicans.

The numbers reflect the amounts given to federal election candidates (U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate and presidential) as well as the money given to the national parties and the political action committees that support them.

As for corporate giving, the companies themselves were far more evenhanded. The seven media conglomerates gave a combined $1.7 million to Democrats and about the same amount to Republicans.

But a more equitable distribution of money from the companies themselves didn’t come close to evening the scales because when corporate giving is added to employee giving, Democrats received $5.8 million compared with $2.5 million for Republicans.

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Below, are the political donations of each media conglomerate during the current election cycle:

Comcast

Company donations to Democrats: $1,039,000

Company donations to Republicans: $1,015,000

Employee donations to Democrats: $1,433,492

Employee donations to Republicans: $341,399

Total to Democrats: $2,472,492

Total to Republicans: $1,356,399

 

Time Warner

Company donations to Democrats: $191,000

Company donations to Republicans: $183,500

Employee donations to Democrats: $1,079,273

Employee donations to Republicans: $39,454

Total to Democrats: $1,270,273

Total to Republicans: $222,954

 

News Corp.

Company donations to Democrats: $136.500

Company donations to Republicans: $158,000

Employee donations to Democrats: $488,096

Employee donations to Republicans: $164,954

Total to Democrats: $624,596

Total to Republicans: $322,954

 

Walt Disney Co.

Company donations to Democrats: $144,500

Company donations to Republicans: $135,000

Employee donations to Democrats: $399,503

Employee donations to Republicans: $54, 546

Total to Democrats: $544,003

Total to Republicans: $189,546

 

Viacom

Company donations to Democrats: $113,000

Company donations to Republicans: $139,500

Employee donations to Democrats: $271,841

Employee donations to Republicans: $40,250

Total to Democrats: $384,841

Total to Republicans: $179,750

 

Sony

Company donations to Democrats: $85,248

Company donations to Republicans: $65,500

Employee donations to Democrats: $314,205

Employee donations to Republicans: $57,559

Total to Democrats: $399,453

Total to Republicans: $123,059

 

CBS

Company donations to Democrats: $25,500

Company donations to Republicans: $49,000

Employee donations to Democrats: $89,039

Employee donations to Republicans: $13,110

Total to Democrats: $114,539

Total to Republicans: $62,110

 

Source: Center for Responsive Politics

 

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