Top 20 broadcast political donors

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As we noted Friday 9/5/08, broadcasters are much better at collecting money others have donated to politicians than they are at giving it to those same politicians. This makes sense, in that broadcasters serve an audience comprised of members of both parties.


Unsurprisingly, NAB is the leading campaign giver in the sector, but the biggest private giver, Clear Channel, isn’t all that far behind. NAB has donated $690K this cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets.org. 56% of that has gone to Democrats. Clear Channel has sprung for $551K, just about three times more than the #3 donor Univision. It almost mirror-imaged the NAB’s giving pattern, donating 54% of its cash to Republicans.

Univision weighed in at $185K with a 57% Democratic lean. Only six other companies topped the $100K level, and four companies made the top 20 list for less than $30K. Note that this is actually a top 20 list, but there is a tie for the #20 slot.

RBR/TVBR observation: Two companies, Clear Channel and Pappas, have been tied to the Republicans in the past, but it doesn’t take a CPA to see that as corporations, their giving patterns appear to be more pragmatic than ideological, with no more than a lean toward elephants over donkeys in evidence.

Company/Organization Amount Dem% Rep%
National Association of Broadcasters $690,170 56% 44%
Clear Channel Communications $551,050 46% 54%
Univision Communications $185,300 57% 43%
Chartwell Partners $178,100 0% 100%
Hubbard Broadcasting $166,450 14% 86%
Entravision Communications $118,250 94% 6%
Salem Communications $106,450 2% 98%
Entercom Communications $102,200 80% 20%
Jones International $101,800 0% 100%
Sirius Satellite Radio $86,000 53% 47%
Emmis Communications $54,100 94% 6%
Pappas Telecasting $39,350 45% 55%
XM Satellite Radio $37,700 82% 18%
National Amusements $36,781 61% 39%
Plum TV $32,835 100% 0%
Barnstable Broadcasting $32,800 100% 0%
Westwood One $30,742 100% 0%
Simmons Media Group $28,800 0% 100%
National College Sports Net $28,500 100% 0%
Radio One $27,600 100% 0%
Roppe Corporation $27,600 0% 100%

Source: OpenSecrets.org/Center for Responsive Politics