Snopes published a bit recently about Urban Outfitters CEO Richard Hayne. He is alleged (correctly, according to Snopes) to have…gasp…wait for it…donated money to Rick Santorum. The presumably viral e-mail that Snopes discusses also states that Mr. Hayne is against gay marriage and abortion. (Snopes cannot confirm that part.)
The e-mail does not suggest that readers do anything specific, but the letter does note that Mr. Hayne also owns Anthropologie and Free People. My interpretation is that this is a slightly veiled suggestion that sympathetic readers should boycott Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People.
This seems to be part of a trend where the left goes after people whose viewpoints differ from their own as demonstrated by their donations—let’s use the Koch brothers as just one example.
So let’s do another “Turnabout is Fair Play”. This time with major donors to Barack Obama… The charts and data are from OpenSecrets.org.
The first chart is Obama donors by corporation. Now it’s important to note that generally the corporations themselves do not make the donation, their PACs and employees do.
|University of California||$157,092|
|Morgan & Morgan||$130,145|
|Skadden, Arps et al||$119,074|
|Sidley Austin LLP||$116,227|
|US Dept of State||$106,040|
|Debevoise & Plimpton||$92,026|
|National Amusements Inc||$88,014|
|University of Chicago||$87,100|
|Latham & Watkins||$82,783|
The second chart is the top ten bundlers for Obama. Personally, I find it amusing that Jon Corzine is on the list. If that doesn’t reflect the President’s ethical and moral challenges, I don’t know what does.
|Katzenberg, Jeffrey||DreamWorks SKG||
|Eychaner, Fred||Newsweb Corp||
|Cohen, David||Comcast Corp||
|Stetson, Jane||Democratic National Cmte||
|Effron, Blair||Centerview Partners||
|Corzine, Jon||MF Global||
|Rosen, Jack||Rosen Partners||
|Connors, Eileen and Jack||Hill Holliday||
|Barzun, Matthew||Brickpath LLC||
Now, unlike the lefties, I’m not really suggesting that we should do anything about these individuals or corporations. I do think, however, that there are a couple of points that will confound the leftists: First, anyone who claims that big business favors Republicans really needs to take a serious look at the numbers—because they’re WRONG. Second, it certainly shows that many of the demographic claims that the right has been making are right on the money. Nearly all of the companies are from the coasts (excepting a few Chicago outfits, which is understandable). Government agencies, health care, and law firms are well represented, and of course Big Education.
Now tell me again, who is the 1%?