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Which Company is the Most Republican and the Most Democrat?

A bag of Wonder Bread is seen November 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. Hostess Brands Inc., who make Wonder Bread as well as Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Ho's and other baked goods, plans to go out of business after Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring failed. Hostess, which has faced acrimonious labor relations in recent years as well as the slower US economy, said on November 16 it filed a motion in US Bankruptcy Court seeking permission to close its business and sell its assets, including iconic brands that have fed US households for decades. The 82-year-old Irving, Texas-based company, one of the country's largest bakers, could lay off most of the 18,500 people who staff its 33 bakeries, 553 distribution centers and 527 bakery outlets nationwide. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
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Ever wonder where companies fall on the political spectrum? The New York Times took a look at the most Republican companies based on political donations and found that the makers of Wonder Bread were the most right-leaning.

The political action committee of Flowers Foods, a Georgia company that produces the pillowy sandwich bread, Tastykakes and Nature's Own baked goods, has given more than 99 percent of its political contributions since 1979 to Republicans. Only three Democratic congressional candidates have gotten money from its PAC since 1984, and not one in the past 20 years.

Rounding out the top three right-leaning companies were Illinois Tool Works, which gave 95.9 percent of its political contributions to Republicans, and Cooper Industries, which gave 93.6 percent of its political contributes to the GOP.

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So, what company is the most left-leaning in terms of political contributions? The New York Times story focuses mostly on right-leaning companies, but does note that Citizen’s Financial Group is the most left-leaning, giving 77.5 percent of its political contributions to Democrats.

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