Walt Disney Doesn't Want You To Know Which Political Campaigns It's Paying For

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​Walt Disney might be known best for sunny characters like Mickey Mouse, but that doesn't mean it's opposed to a little dark political skullduggery on the side. Disney is worst among big American corporations in terms of political transparency, according to the D.C.-based nonpartisan Center for Political Accountability.

That means Disney is pouring millions into political campaigns around the country, the authors say -- and they aren't really interested in telling you who they're buying off or why, thank you very much.

The Walt Disney Company, which owns Disney World in Orlando, employs 58,000 people in Florida, making it one of the state's largest single employers, according to disneybythenumbers.com.

Disney admits it funneled $3.6 million into local and state campaigns last year, but doesn't clarify where that money went, today's report says.

That number is only likely to climb in years to come thanks to the Supreme Court's Citizen United case, the much-derided decision finding that corporations are actually people with first-amendment rights that can't be infringed upon with campaign financing rules.

"Political spending is expected to shatter records in the upcoming election year, and the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision means companies are facing more pressure than ever to engage politically," said CPA President Bruce Freed in their press release. "Secret campaign cash already has begun pouring in to campaigns. Investors and the public need to know how companies are handling the heightened risk."

Today's report relies on information that is publicly available on the company's web sites and is based on 29 indicators.

Key indicators include: disclosure of contributions to candidates and political parties and ballot measures; making archived political spending reports available online; and giving board oversight to political spending.

Disney received a zero in each category. They tied with a half-dozen other big firms for the distinction of the most opaque political givers, including Cisco, Amazon and Berkshire Hathaway.

Here's what Disney has to say, in general, about its political donation policy:

"We contribute corporate funds to state and local political parties, candidates for state and local office, organizations that promote such candidates or positions on state and local issues," the company says. "Our contributions are made on the basis of our objectives and policy priorities and not on the basis of the partisan affiliations."

Disney did not respond to an email from Riptide seeking comment on today's report.

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Sarah J.
Sarah J.

We need to get corporations out of the business of financing political campaigns and into the business of creating jobs. The private sector has kinda sucked at that lately.

Connie Christians
Connie Christians

I've always suspected that the real motivation behind Disney Inc. is that they want to protect their copyright on Micky Mouse. They've already engaged their team of litigators to extend their rights past the 70 years covered by regulations: Mickey Mouse will never fall into public domain. One of the largest and most aggressive legal presences in Washington DC

NancyBeyond
NancyBeyond

I totally agree with the comments made by @Prometheus that corporations should not be allowed to contribute one dime to a political campaign - that it should all come from individual contributions.  Does anyone remember the CEO of Starbucks standing up and saying this very same thing?  Maybe he is not the best representation but what he is saying it true.  All political contributions should come from individuals and they should be capped.  All of the political fund raising dinners... just a bunch of rich folks coming out to see and be seen.  They probably don't even care about the candidate.  I think that any debate or dinner or any other function where the "public" can meet the candidates should be free to the public.  They can pass the hat for contributions.  After all, most of us can't afford a thousand dollar a plate dinner.  Therefore we don't get to meet the candidate in person - all we have to base our opinion on is FauxNews or CNN or MSNBC.  Anyone know if ANY of that stuff is true?  Who cares who Walt Disney contributes to? If any of you reading this are looking for a job, check out www.beyond.com for the latest in jobs.  After all, that's what important is that us little people get jobs and can contribute to society - not what politician Walt Disney endorses.

prometheus
prometheus

Corporate funding for political campaigns should be illegal. It is this form of bribing that has filled the political seats with nothing more than puppets and the echoes of the corporations. A corporation is a soulless entity that does not have the right to have a voice. Political funding should only be allowed at the individual level and individual donations should be capped because in a Democracy nobody deserves a louder voice.

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

It sure isn't a family owned private corporations any longer.

taxpayer22
taxpayer22

Large corporations, like GE, Goldman Sachs, BP Oil, Countrywide, AIG, GM,  Fannie and Freddie, and the Unions...bet  they all donated to Democrats

The Back 9
The Back 9

This article did not say ONE thing that knowone already knew. There is not one piece of information in the entire article. At least there were no spelling errors......

WakeUpPeople
WakeUpPeople

Large corporation, I'm going to guess they donated to Republicans...

Caeser_Palache
Caeser_Palache

Did you really except Disney to comment or even respond, seriously? 

Bud E
Bud E

unlike yourself buddy bozo.

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

Corporations buy votes in their own best interests. Party is irrelevant. People are irrelevant.

Alexcress94
Alexcress94

You're smart. I can tell. If any guess can be hastily made, it would point to a more democratic number of candidates. Just look at the corporate donation trends.w

caesar
caesar

Nope, not exactly.  Disney shells out the big bucks for copyright term extensions and the bills that they funded have been passed by both parties and signed into law by Bill Clinton.  Don't try that BS, the only difference between a Republican and Democratic politician is that the Democrat likes to convince you he is on your side.  

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