Atlanta-based restaurant chain Chick-fil-A has given $48,431 in political donations so far this year for the 2022 election cycle, according to OpenSecrets. Companies of all ideological persuasions frequently offer donations to support candidates expressing their preferred economic or socio-political viewpoints.
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Corporations and their affiliates have played a huge role in elections, especially since January 21, 2010, when the Supreme Court struck down the ban on independent corporate spending in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC). Since then, companies can contribute unlimited amounts to campaign expenses, according to The Campaign Legal Center (CLC).
“The Court assumed that the companies’ unlimited campaign spending would pose no threat of bribery or the appearance of bribery because they would be ‘independent,'” the CLC said on its website, adding that “it is become clear in the years that followed that voters are not getting enough information about the true sources of campaign spending, and that so-called independent spending to support candidates or their campaigns is often intentionally coordinated.
The bulk of Chick-fil-A’s contributions (more than 90%) went to Republican candidates and affiliated organizations, according to OpenSecrets. It should be noted that OpenSecrets states that contributions come largely “from members, employees, or owners of the organization, and immediate family members of such individuals”, rather than from an affiliated PAC in this circumstance.
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Which Republicans or Republican organizations has Chick-fil-A donated more than $1,000 to in 2022?
- Becky Edwards, Republican candidate from Utah: $8,700.
- Georgia Republican candidate Mitchell Swan: $5,800.
- New Jersey Republican candidate Phil Rizzo: $2,900.
- Republican Party of Kentucky: $2,500.
- Republican National Committee: $1,987.
- Georgia Republican candidate Ben Southern: $1,500.
- Georgian Republican Andrew Clyde: $1,500.
- Mark Walker, Republican candidate from North Carolina: $1,350.
- Georgia Republican candidate Kelly Loeffler: $1,200.
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