These Are The 10 Most Liberal Companies In North Carolina

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North Carolina has its fair share of people that believe in progressive causes. Whether it be a greater sense of shared responsibility, actually admitting climate change is real, or simply that women should get paid as much as men, there’s a cause people get behind.

And ideally, there are companies in North Carolina that share those beliefs.

The most liberal companies in North Carolina to be exact.

So we decided to dig through ten years of political donation data — more than 32mil records — to identify which companies donate to liberal causes. These are the companies that you can back with your dollars and be comfortable knowing where part of the proceeds are going.

Her are the ten most liberal companies in North Carolina:

  1. RTI International
  2. MWW
  3. FHI 360
  4. Santa Clara Cigars
  5. Duke University
  6. UNC Charlotte
  7. Edmonds Associates LTD
  8. INC Research
  9. Mission Hospital, Inc.
  10. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

RTI International turns out to be the most liberal in all of the Tar Heel State with 94% of 136 donors donating to the Republican party in the past 10 years.

The most conservative company in North Carolina? That would be Swisher International.

Read on for a detailed methodology, more in depth statistics on the top ten, and a complete list of the most liberal companies in North Carolina.

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How Zippia Determined The Most Liberal Companies In North Carolina

Unlike some other websites, we rely on data over opinion when it comes to understanding companies.

So when we decided to take a look at which companies in the Tar Heel State were the most conservative and liberal, we took a data-centric approach.

Specifically, we dug into the donations to political parties and PACs by employees of the 139 biggest public and private companies in North Carolina.

Of those 139 companies, we limited the analysis to companies with at least 30 donors to stop small, politically active companies from overwhelming the results.

To identify how liberal or conservative a company may be, we obtained data from the Federal Election Committee. They provide detailed donation data for individuals from 2007 onwards — around 32,000,000 political donation records.

We then matched donors to the companies where they reported they worked. We considered a donor to be a unique combination of:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • State
  • Company

Next, we had to deal with (1) donations to candidates and (2) donations to PACs for determining if the donor gave to a conservative or liberal cause.

1. Donations To A Candidate:
These were easy. We used the candidate’s party to determine if it is was given to a Republican, Democrat, or other.

2. Donations To PACs:
These were a bit trickier since a majority of PACs give to both liberal and conservative candidates. We ultimately only included donations to PACs that gave >60% of their funds to candidates of a certain political affiliation.

Put differently, the PAC had to have a super-majority of its funds go to a specific political party.

Finally, we divided the number of total conservative or liberal donors by the total number of donors at a company. For example, the most liberal company, RTI International, had 8 conservative donors, 128 liberal donors, and 0 other donors.

128 / (8 + 128 + 0) = 94% Liberal

Any ties went to the company with more donors.

1. RTI International

Rti International

Location: Research Triangle Park, NC
Total Donors: 136
Democrats: 128
Percent Democrats: 94%

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach?one that integrates expertise across the social…

2. MWW


Location: Hendersonville, NC
Total Donors: 101
Democrats: 95
Percent Democrats: 94%

3. FHI 360

Fhi 360

Location: Durham, NC
Total Donors: 67
Democrats: 63
Percent Democrats: 94%

FHI 360 (formerly Family Health International) is a nonprofit human development organization based in North Carolina. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. Established in 1971, the organization has long managed in projects relating to family planning and reproductive health. In 1986 the organization began a worldwide response to HIV/AIDS. FHI’s research and programs also address malaria, tuberculosis, and other infectious and chronic diseases and international agencies, governments, foundations, research institutions, and individual donors.

4. Santa Clara Cigars

Santa Clara Cigars

Location: Burlington, NC
Total Donors: 161
Democrats: 150
Percent Democrats: 93%

Santa Clara Cigars is the largest distributors of premium cigars and domestic cigars in the United States.

5. Duke University

Duke University

Location: Durham, NC
Total Donors: 888
Democrats: 796
Percent Democrats: 89%

Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment, at which time the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Duke.

6. UNC Charlotte

Unc Charlotte

Location: Charlotte, NC
Total Donors: 60
Democrats: 52
Percent Democrats: 86%

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university.

7. Edmonds Associates LTD

Edmonds Associates Ltd

Location: Apex, NC
Total Donors: 71
Democrats: 61
Percent Democrats: 85%

8. INC Research

Inc Research

Location: Raleigh, NC
Total Donors: 60
Democrats: 50
Percent Democrats: 83%

INC is a leading Contract Research Organization (CRO) offering end to end solutions for professional clinical trials around the world. Enquire now.

9. Mission Hospital, Inc.

Mission Hospital, Inc.

Location: Asheville, NC
Total Donors: 52
Democrats: 43
Percent Democrats: 82%

Based in Asheville, Mission Health is a not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina.

10. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Location: Charlotte, NC
Total Donors: 40
Democrats: 33
Percent Democrats: 82%

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is one of America?s leading urban public libraries, serving a community of over one million citizens in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Accessible and welcoming to all, the Library celebrates the joy of reading, foster…

Wrapping Up The Liberal Politics of North Carolina

There you have it, the most liberal companies in North Carolina based on the political donations of employees — led by RTI International.

Here’s a quick look at the most conservative companies in North Carolina:

  1. Swisher International
  2. Reynolds American
  3. Delhaize America Inc

If you’re interested in searching for how your company donates, check out our company donation search. And here are some companies to get the ball rolling:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Companies In North Carolina

Company Rank % Dem
RTI International 1 94%
MWW 2 94%
FHI 360 3 94%
Santa Clara Cigars 4 93%
Duke University 5 89%
UNC Charlotte 6 86%
Edmonds Associates LTD 7 85%
INC Research 8 83%
Mission Hospital, Inc. 9 82%
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library 10 82%
Poyner Spruill 11 82%
Buncombe County Government 12 81%
Shady Grove 13 80%
HHC Inc 14 78%
MGBWhome 15 77%
UNC REX Healthcare 16 77%
Ppd 17 77%
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein 18 77%
Red Hat 19 77%
Curtiss-Wright 20 75%
Jennifer’s 21 75%
Jeffco Salon Equipment 22 73%
Abrams 23 73%
N.C. State Fair 24 72%
Broadway’s 25 71%
Brooks Pierce Law 26 71%
New Hanover County 27 71%
Carolyn’s 28 70%
Robinson Bradshaw 29 70%
Wake Forest Federal 30 70%
Franklin County Library 31 69%
WakeMed 32 69%
Gail’s 33 69%
SmithMooreLaw 34 68%
Preston Mcnees 35 67%
SAS 36 67%
Greene Inc 37 65%
Acp Inc 38 65%
ESA 39 65%
The Select Group 40 65%
NC Dept of Insurance 41 65%
BCC Inc 42 64%
Carolinas HealthCare System 43 64%
Abt Electronics 44 64%
Campbell University 45 64%
Wake County 46 63%
Ruth’s 47 62%
Atlantic Dominion Distributors 48 62%
Fletchers 49 61%
The Dickerson Group 50 61%
UTC Aerospace Systems 51 60%
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