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Cross-posted on my website, Corporitics

Last week, I took a look at the soda (pop) companies and how they were involved in the political world. This week, I take a look at 8 US airlines.

Follow me below for the details (and I even included pie graphs this week!)

Jamestown and Plymouth Rock

Alaska Air: Alaska Airlines has 120 planes and 91 destinations. It was founded in 1932 as McGee Airlines and is based in Seattle, Washington.

American Airlines: American Airlines has 605 planes and 260 destinations. It was founded in 1930 as American Airways and is based in Fort Worth, Texas.

Delta: Delta Air Lines has 714 planes and 247 destinations. It was founded in 1924 as Huff Daland Dusters and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

JetBlue: JetBlue Airways has 172 planes and 75 destinations. It was founded in 1999 and is based in Long Island City, New York.

Southwest Airlines: Southwest Airlines has 710 planes and 97 destinations. It was founded in 1967 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

United Airlines: United Airlines has 703 planes and 378 destinations. It was founded in 1926 as Varney Air Lines and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

US Airways: US Airways has 338 planes and 204 destinations. It was founded in 1979 as USAir and is based in Tempe, Arizona.

Virgin America: Virgin America has 52 planes and 19 destinations. It was founded in 2004 and is based in Burlingame, California.


San Francisco, Provincetown, and Palm Springs

Alaska received a score of 90 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index

American received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (and is a Corporate Sponsor)

Delta received a score of 90 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index

JetBlue received a score of 90 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index

Southwest received a score of 90 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index

United received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index

US Airways received a score of 85 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index

Virgin America received a score of 90 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.


Denver or St. Paul?

Delta donated $60,000 to the 2008 Republican National Convention



Washington DC

Alaska has donated $411,900 with 52% going to Democrats and 48% going to Republicans

American has donated $9,044,045 with 53% going to Republicans and 47% going to Democrats

Delta has donated $3,262,200 with 53% going to Republicans and 47% going to Democrats

JetBlue has donated $25,000 with 58% going to Republicans and 42% going to Democrats

Southwest has donated $625,300 with 55% going to Republicans and 45% going to Democrats

United has donated $1,909,600 with 54% going to Democrats and 46% going to Republicans

US Airways has donated $676,000 with 66% going to Republicans and 34% going to Democrats

Virgin has donated $0

The following graph shows percentage of total political donations by airline




K Street

Alaska has spent $4,950,000 on political lobbying

American has spent $57,587,067 on political lobbying

Delta has spent $42,135,689 on political lobbying

JetBlue has spent $2,190,000 on political lobbying

Southwest has spent $7,000,000 on political lobbying

United has spent $55,030,627 on political lobbying

US Airways has spent $16,112,609 on political lobbying

Virgin has spent $0 on political lobbying

The following graph shows percentage of all money spent on lobbying by airline




Wall Street

Alaska CEO Brad Tilden has donated $1,000 to Republicans

American CEO Tom Horton has donated $7,250 to Democrats and $1,500 to Republicans

Delta CEO Richard Anderson has donated $56,400 to Republicans and $21,150 to Democrats

JetBlue CEO David Barger has donated $32,400 to Democrats and $19,650 to Republicans

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly has donated $13,100 to Republicans and $6,000 to Democrats

United CEO Jeffrey Smisek has donated $22,200 to Democrats and $5,000 to Republicans

US Airways CEO Doug Parker has donated $112,575 to Republicans and $11,000 to Democrats

Virgin CEO C. David Cush has donated $51,500 to Democrats and $3,300 to Republicans

The following graph shows percentage of total CEO donations by airline







Conclusions
All of the airlines treat their LGBT employees well

American Airlines has donated the most by far to politicians and US Airways donates the highest percentage to Republicans.

American has also spent the most on lobbying, though United Airlines is right behind.

The top 2 donations by the CEO of US Airways are $37,000 to the McCain Campaign and $33,500 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Alaska CEO's only donation was to Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK)




You can find more detailed information about the companies (and 300 others) at Corporitics.

 

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  •  Thanks for reading (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    VClib, absdoggy

    I am planning on looking at a different industry each week.

    Check out Corporitics to learn about the confluence of corporations and politics

    by DirkPitt on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 10:54:11 PM PDT

  •  Good job (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    DirkPitt

    For some reason, I can't recommend this diary. Did you create it a long time ago or something?

    Of all the carriers, my best experiences have been on Virgin. Always my first choice to fly. These numbers are encouraging.

    I am progressive. I am liberal. I make no apologies. - Kos

    My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

    by pucklady on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 11:17:45 AM PDT

    •  I wrote it last night (0+ / 0-)

      and set it to be published today. So not sure why there would be any issues.

      I haven't flown Virgin yet, but I definitely like the politics of their CEO.

      Check out Corporitics to learn about the confluence of corporations and politics

      by DirkPitt on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 11:22:37 AM PDT

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