The Political Breakdown Of New York’s 30 Largest Companies

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Political Breakdown of 30 Largest NY Companies

The political climate in the United States is…


That’s putting it lightly.

With every new policy or social issue that comes into play, the relationship between Democrats and Republicans becomes more and more strained by the day. Whether the discussion is on immigration, taxes, or trade — the only thing we can all agree on is that no one can agree on anything.

We the people of the United States have recently started familiarizing ourselves with the political affiliations of the companies we choose give our business to. While you practice being a responsible consumer, we want to make sure you’re aware of where companies stand on the issues that matter to you.

Whether you’re curious about the politics of a company you’re thinking of applying to, or you just want to know where your favorite coffee shop stands on the immigration issue, it’s good to know if a company’s values align with yours.

On that note, we’ve compiled the political affiliations of the 30 biggest companies in New York, based on the last ten years of employee political donations.

A summary of the political affiliations of the 30 biggest companies in New York

  • When you look at which parties the employees of companies donate to, NYC Health + Hospitals turns out to be the most liberal in all of the Empire State with 94% of 107 donors giving to the Democratic party in the past 10 years
  • The most conservative big company in New York? That would be Hospira, with 52% of 44 donors giving to the Republican party
  • The companies with big Republican donors tended to be banks, healthcare providers, and insurance agencies. The companies who gave the largest donations to the Democratic party tended to be universities, entertainment outlets, and specialty retailers
  • The most frequently occurring job titles for Democratic donors were Attorney/Lawyer and Chief Executive Officer, while the most frequently occurring job titles for Republican donors were Accountant and Finance Analyst
  • The biggest Republican donor we found in the data was James H. Donovan, of Goldman Sachs, who donated $470,200 to the Republican party. The biggest Democrat donor we found was Charles Phillips, from Infor, who donated $390,582 to the Democratic party

Read on for a detailed methodology, more in depth statistics, and a complete list of the 30 biggest companies in New York.

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How Zippia Determined A Company’s Politics In New York

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 of the really big companies in the Empire 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 30 biggest public and private companies in New York.

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 a 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 conservative company, NYC Health + Hospitals, had 4 conservative donors, 101 liberal donors, and 2 other donors.

101 / (4 + 101 + 2) = 93% Liberal

Any ties went to the company with more donors.

1. NYC Health + Hospitals

Nyc Health + Hospitals

Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 107
Republican: 4
Democrat: 101
Percent Republican: 3%
Percent Democrat: 94%

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public healthcare system in the United States. They provide inpatient, outpatient, and home-based services to more than one million New Yorkers every year in their 70+ locations around the city.

Their hospitals have earned numerous special designations for quality and culturally responsive care, such as LGBTQ Healthcare Equity Leader, Baby Friendly, Safe Sleep, along with top ranks by U.S. News and World Report.

2. Columbia University

Columbia University

Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 1315
Republican: 73
Democrat: 1234
Percent Republican: 5%
Percent Democrat: 93%

Columbia University is one of the world’s most important centers of research. They offer a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for their undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of scholarly and professional fields.

The University aims to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues with a variety of perspectives, and to create academic relationships with other countries and regions around the world.

3. NBCUniversal


Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 112
Republican: 7
Democrat: 103
Percent Republican: 6%
Percent Democrat: 91%

NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a mindful global audience.

NBCUniversal owns and operates a variety of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, world-renowned theme parks, television production operations, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses.

4. Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 133
Republican: 15
Democrat: 115
Percent Republican: 11%
Percent Democrat: 86%

Barnes & Noble is the world’s largest bookseller and a leading retailer of digital media and educational products. Their mission is focused towards being your go-to book vendor, helping their customers and booksellers achieve their aspirations, and to be a credit to the communities they serve.

5. J.Crew


Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 46
Republican: 8
Democrat: 38
Percent Republican: 17%
Percent Democrat: 82%

J.Crew believes that great style begins with great design. Their designers sketch, drape, tuck and bead their collections to life in their NYC studio, where their company is focused on making a positive impact on their community.

J.Crew feels that it’s important to give back to the communities where their employees and customers live and work. They support a wide range of nonprofits both locally and around the globe, from public school education to Garments for Good. They aim to make as little impact as possible on the environment, and partner with suppliers who share their commitment to sourcing their products in a legal, ethical, and responsible manner.

6. Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 64
Republican: 12
Democrat: 52
Percent Republican: 18%
Percent Democrat: 81%

Ralph Lauren is a global leader in their design, marketing, and distribution of products from apparel and accessories to home furnishings. Their distinctive brand image has developed across an ever-expanding number of products and markets.

Reflecting a distinctive American perspective, Ralph Lauren is an innovator in lifestyle branding that has influenced the way fashion is advertised and celebrated across the world. They combine consumer insights with their design and marketing skills to offer lifestyle product collections within a unified vision.

7. Mastercard


Location: Harrison, NY
Total Donors: 119
Republican: 23
Democrat: 96
Percent Republican: 19%
Percent Democrat: 80%

Mastercard operates the world’s fastest payment processing networking. They connect consumers, financial institutions, governments, and businesses in more than 210 countries. They use their technology and expertise to make payments safe, simple, and smart.

Mastercard contributes to a sustainable future. They aim to advance social sustainability by giving people around the world greater access to the financial system, creating a more diverse group of engaged contributors and participants, and they take an approach to conducting business in an open and transparent way.

8. Equinox


Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 80
Republican: 18
Democrat: 61
Percent Republican: 22%
Percent Democrat: 76%

Equinox is a company with integrated luxury and lifestyle offerings focused on movement, nutrition, and regeneration. With a portfolio of brands such as Soul Cycle and Pure Yoga, Equinox has more than 130 locations in across the country.

For more than 20 years, Equinox has created an unparalleled experience that engages members in fitness and lifestyle health, delivering transformative results to their clients. They value humility and a team approach within every level of their company, and they never accept less than 110% to deliver the Equinox experience and help their members achieve results.

9. S&P Global

S&P Global

Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 42
Republican: 10
Democrat: 32
Percent Republican: 23%
Percent Democrat: 76%

For more than 150 years, S&P Global has provided intelligence that is essential for companies, governments, and individuals to make well-informed investment decisions with purpose. They provide credit ratings, assessments and analyses that people depend on around the world.

They publish more than one million credit ratings that give their opinion in regard to the company or individual to meet their financial goals in a timely and efficient manner. S&P Global fosters a culture where fairness, integrity, and transparency are admired and expected. Their employees thrive personally and professionally, helping them to stay on course to deliver the value their clients deserve.

10. Colgate Palmolive

Colgate Palmolive

Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 74
Republican: 18
Democrat: 55
Percent Republican: 24%
Percent Democrat: 74%

Initially a small soap and candle business started by William Colgate, Colgate Palmolive has become a global company serving hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide. Their goal is to create products that improve the quality of life for their consumers, and they are focused on achieving the consistent growth required to continue their global success and to continue becoming an even stronger company.

Colgate has a commitment to their core values of caring, global teamwork, and continuous improvement. Their values are reflected in the quality of their products and the reputation of our Company, as well as in their dedication to serving the communities where they do business.

11. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Holdings, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Holdings, Inc.

Location: White Plains, NY
Total Donors: 82
Republican: 20
Democrat: 62
Percent Republican: 24%
Percent Democrat: 75%

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Holdings is recognized as one of the world’s largest hotel and leisure companies. They are comprised of nine internationally renowned brands, and they are known for their award-winning loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest.

They’re known for a culture that puts people first. They take care of their associates and provide them with the tools needed to provide their customers with the best possible hotel and leisure experience. They hold themselves to high ethical and legal standards that extend to their day-to-day business conduct, employee policies, environmental practices, and their commitment to social responsibility.

12. Interpublic Group

Interpublic Group

Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 60
Republican: 15
Democrat: 45
Percent Republican: 25%
Percent Democrat: 75%

Interpublic group is a global provider of marketing solutions. Their companies specialize in consumer advertising, digital marketing, communications planning and media buying, public relations, and specialty marketing.

The people who lead Interpublic Group come from all walks of life and are dedicated, experienced, and forward-thinking. They are focused on increasing diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion, and their business practices are focused on staying in touch with social and environmental concerns.

13. Loews


Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 53
Republican: 14
Democrat: 38
Percent Republican: 26%
Percent Democrat: 71%

Loews Corporation is one of the largest diversified companies in the United States, with businesses in the insurance, energy, hospitality, and packaging industries. They are focused on long-term value creation for their shareholders and conservative financial management.

Their multi-industry holding company structure is a key factor in their ability to create value, giving them the freedom to make investments across a broad spectrum of industries, wherever they find the opportunity to enhance returns to their shareholders.

14. Volt


Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 74
Republican: 21
Democrat: 52
Percent Republican: 28%
Percent Democrat: 70%

Volt Information Sciences, Inc. is an international provider of staffing services, outsourcing solutions, and information technology infrastructure services. Their services include providing contingent workers and personnel recruitment services, supporting primarily professional administration, technical, information technology, and engineering positions.

While their awards, diverse history, and long-standing client relationships with some of the world’s most respected companies demonstrate their growth, the key to their success is their dedicated focus on their clients and employees. They are always seeking out strategic innovation, while respecting their long-standing belief that business runs on talent — today and always.

15. AIG


Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 367
Republican: 118
Democrat: 248
Percent Republican: 32%
Percent Democrat: 67%

For nearly 100 years, American International Group has managed complex risks and provided risk expertise and financial strength that empowers their clients across 80 countries. Their company continues to evolve to meet their clients’ needs.

American International Group aims to work closely with their clients, provide greater transparency, and deliver value faster and more efficiently. They’re working to become stronger, more focused, and more profitable.

AIG values curiosity and adaptability, and they apply these qualities to help clients achieve more as our world evolves. By combining their wealth of data with their employees’ deep expertise, AIG is able to deliver insights that help a wide range of industries around the world prevent losses and achieve better outcomes. They regularly share the results of their explorations with governmental organizations, NGOs, specialized researchers, and expert practitioners.

16. PwC


Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 709
Republican: 241
Democrat: 466
Percent Republican: 33%
Percent Democrat: 65%

PricewaterhouseCoopers, better known as PwC, is a multinational professional services network headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the second largest professional services firm in the world, and is one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, EY and KPMG.

PwC has one goal: to help your business thrive. Their professional services include audit and assurance, tax and consulting covering areas such as cybersecurity, human resources, and forensics. They are focused on providing help to resolve complex issues and identify opportunities across these industries.

17. PepsiCo


Location: Harrison, NY
Total Donors: 229
Republican: 79
Democrat: 148
Percent Republican: 34%
Percent Democrat: 64%

PepsiCo, Inc. is an American multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation headquartered in Purchase, New York. They are one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies with a global portfolio of diverse and beloved brands.

PepsiCo has been recognized for leadership and performance, diversity and inclusion, environmental stewardship, and supporting the communities where they live and work. They believe that acting ethically and responsibly is not only the right thing to do, particularly in regard to how they conduct their business.

18. Infor


Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 70
Republican: 25
Democrat: 43
Percent Republican: 35%
Percent Democrat: 61%

Infor is an enterprise software provider and strategic technology partner for over 90,000 organizations all over the world. Their software is built for specific industries, designed to support progress for individuals, businesses, and across networks.

Their diverse team demonstrates how transparency, collaboration, and accountability lead to better business outcomes. Infor believes in the beauty of work, the importance of relationships, and the power of ideas to affect significant positive change.

19. M&T Bank

M&T Bank

Location: Buffalo, NY
Total Donors: 94
Republican: 34
Democrat: 58
Percent Republican: 36%
Percent Democrat: 61%

M&T Bank Corporation is a regional financial services company that provides banking, insurance investments, mortgage and commercial finance services. They strive to be the best company their employees ever work for, the best bank their customers ever do business with, and the best investment their shareholders ever make.

M&T has created a company culture that promotes close collaboration among their diverse teams of talented employees. They encourage their employees to share their ideas, concerns, and comments in order to continuously grow and improve their products and services.

20. JetBlue Airways

Jetblue Airways

Location: Long Island City, NY
Total Donors: 151
Republican: 57
Democrat: 91
Percent Republican: 37%
Percent Democrat: 60%

JetBlue Airways is the sixth largest airline in the United States. They offer nonstop daily service to more than 95 destinations in the continental U.S., Bermuda, the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America, and are always focused on providing their customers with the best possible experience, with award-winning service, complimentary brand-name snacks and beverages, and comfy seats, among other luxuries.

JetBlue supports and encourages their employees to participate in charitable giving, particularly in causes related to youth and education, community, and the environment. They recognize that natural resources are essential to their ability to fly, and take a hands-on approach to address environmental concerns through their green initiative, which aims to reduce their carbon footprint.



Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 52
Republican: 20
Democrat: 32
Percent Republican: 38%
Percent Democrat: 61%

E*TRADE is a leading financial services company and pioneer in the online brokerage industry. They have long been at the forefront of the digital revolution, with a focus on delivering complete and easy-to-use solutions for traders, investors, and stock plan participants. E*TRADE has a goal to enhance the financial independence of traders and investors through the help of their powerful digital offering and professional guidance.

E*TRADE and their employees address the needs of the communities they serve through a variety of equity investments, corporate contributions, strategic partnerships, and volunteer opportunities. Their main areas of focus are community and economic development and health and human services. They are partnered with several nonprofit organizations, from NeighborWorks America to Greenbrier Learning Center.

22. 21st Century Fox

21St Century Fox

Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 53
Republican: 21
Democrat: 32
Percent Republican: 39%
Percent Democrat: 60%

21st Century Fox is a multinational mass media corporation. They are the world’s premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay-TV, and satellite assets spanning six continents across the globe. They are home to a global portfolio of cable and broadcasting networks such as Twentieth Century Fox Film, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Fox Networks Group and Fox Entertainment Group.

They have a diverse employee population with a passion for film, television, and sports. Their employees are always encouraged to push the status quo, and they strive to foster a culture that exudes energy and excitement. 21st Century Fox balances work and life in an environment that supports individual talents, creativity, and diversity.

23. Gem Group Inc

Gem Group Inc

Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 54
Republican: 23
Democrat: 29
Percent Republican: 42%
Percent Democrat: 53%

The Global Emerging Markets Group, otherwise known as GEM Group Inc, is an alternative investment group that manages a diverse set of investment vehicles focused on emerging markets across the world. They provide their investors with a diversified portfolio of asset classes that span the global private investing spectrum.

24. JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jpmorgan Chase & Co.

Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 79
Republican: 34
Democrat: 44
Percent Republican: 43%
Percent Democrat: 55%

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is one of the oldest financial institutions in the United States, acting as a leader in investment banking, commercial banking, asset management, and financial services consumers and small businesses. They are a global financial services firm operating in more than 60 countries. They serve millions of consumers, small businesses, and several prominent corporate, institutional, and government clients.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. believes that their employees are their greatest asset, and they strive to attract talent from the broadest pool to foster innovation, creativity, and productivity. They encourage their employees to share their skills with communities in need that best suit their interests and schedules, including volunteering with nonprofits in their communities and mentorship programs with young people from around the world.

25. Paychex


Location: Rochester, NY
Total Donors: 47
Republican: 21
Democrat: 25
Percent Republican: 44%
Percent Democrat: 53%

Paychex, Inc. is a leader in the payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing industry. They are committed to achieving success, and they have a record of achievement that continues a tradition of delivering excellence to their customers.

Paychex, Inc. offers a variety of payroll and human resource products and services that help clients run their businesses. They offer a wide range of services, including payroll processing, retirement services, insurance, and a fully outsourced human resource solution. Paychex customizes their offering to their client’s business, whether they’re large or small, simple or complex.

26. New York Life Insurance

New York Life Insurance

Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 561
Republican: 269
Democrat: 292
Percent Republican: 47%
Percent Democrat: 52%

New York Life is America’s largest mutual life insurance company providing insurance, investment, and retirement solutions with expert guidance to help their customers achieve lifelong financial well-being. New York Life has more than 120 offices across the country, with employees spanning a wide variety of nationalities, generations, cultures, and backgrounds.

As a mutual company owned by their clients, New York Life Insurance Company is committed to holding themselves to highest standards of transparency, objectivity, and integrity. Their goal is to strengthen their clients’ financial security now and in the future by helping you identify solutions to meet your financial objectives, and by helping those in need through grants and volunteering.

27. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Credit Suisse Securities (Usa) Llc

Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 59
Republican: 29
Democrat: 30
Percent Republican: 49%
Percent Democrat: 50%

Credit Suisse is a leading global wealth manager with strong investment banking and asset management capabilities. They partner across businesses, divisions, and regions to create innovative solutions to meet the needs of our clients—and to help our employees grow. They are one of the world’s premier banks, with a successful business, a rich history, a diverse culture and a commitment to help clients build their careers.

Credit Suisse believes that it’s essential to attract, develop, and retain qualified, responsible, and motivated employees to achieve their goals for long-term success. They offer various lines of work, progressive employment conditions, and wide-ranging training and development opportunities.

28. MetLife


Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 486
Republican: 251
Democrat: 232
Percent Republican: 51%
Percent Democrat: 47%

MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management, with operations in more than 40 countries and providing their services to approximately 100 million customers. MetLife was founded on the simple, yet powerful, insight that everyone needs access to the right financial tools to pursue more from life.

Their employees are given opportunities to learn, connect, and be a voice in their workplace, and they maintain a diverse team of talented employees who are provided with the resources needed to navigate their lives and thrive at work. MetLife is committed to ensuring a future in which they can continue helping people around the world, with volunteer opportunities and community investment projects.

29. Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs

Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 1351
Republican: 705
Democrat: 635
Percent Republican: 52%
Percent Democrat: 47%

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base. Goldman Sachs commits people, capital, and ideas to help their clients, shareholders, and communities grow.

Goldman Sachs aims to maximize individual potential, increase commercial effectiveness, reinforce their firm’s culture, expand their professional opportunities, and help their employees contribute positively to their greater communities. They invest in their employees at every step in their career, and ensure their interests are aligned with those of their clients and shareholders.

30. Hospira


Location: New York, NY
Total Donors: 44
Republican: 23
Democrat: 21
Percent Republican: 52%
Percent Democrat: 47%

Hospira is a leading provider of infusion technologies, such as I.V. solutions, smart pumps, and pain management and safety software technology designed to help meet clinical, safety and workflow goals.

The name of their company is a combination of the words hospital, spirit, inspire and the Latin word spero, which means hope, reflecting the hope and optimism that are critical in the healthcare industry. Hospira aims to make a difference every day by positively impacting the lives of their customers and patients and delivering value to all of their stakeholders.

Wrapping Up The Politics of the 30 Biggest Companies in New York

With all of that in mind, we found that the most liberal-leaning of the biggest companies in New York tended to be universities, entertainment outlets, and specialty brands, while the most conservative companies were banks, healthcare providers, and insurance agencies.

The most commonly occurring job titles of Democratic donors were Attorney/Lawyer and Chief Executive Officer, and the most common job titles among Republican donors were Accountant and Finance Analyst.

Now it’s time to ask yourself — where does your company stand on the political spectrum?

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 Conservative Companies In New York

Company Rank % Republican
NYC Health + Hospitals 1 3%
Columbia University 2 5%
NBCUniversal 3 6%
Barnes & Noble 4 11%
J.Crew 5 17%
Ralph Lauren 6 18%
Mastercard 7 19%
Equinox 8 22%
S&P Global 9 23%
Colgate Palmolive 10 24%
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Holdings, Inc. 11 24%
Interpublic Group 12 25%
Loews 13 26%
Volt 14 28%
AIG 15 32%
PwC 16 33%
PepsiCo 17 34%
Infor 18 35%
M&T Bank 19 36%
JetBlue Airways 20 37%
E*TRADE 21 38%
21st Century Fox 22 39%
Gem Group Inc 23 42%
JPMorgan Chase & Co. 24 43%
Paychex 25 44%
New York Life Insurance 26 47%
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC 27 49%
MetLife 28 51%
Goldman Sachs 29 52%
Hospira 30 52%
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