Amazon PAC Ships Little Packages to Republican Leadership
Posted at 3:14 p.m. on Aug. 5, 2013
Amazon.com has a large product fulfillment operation to get packages to valued customers quickly, even little packages. Shipping PAC contributions to the Republican leadership of Congress is no exception.
The federal PAC of Amazon reported today it sent in July $5,000 to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and $5,000 to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Although it was only $10,000 in total going to two candidates, it did flip around the PAC’s party percentages for contributions. Through June 30, the PAC had given 55 percent to Democrats and 45 percent to Republicans. After these July contributions, the PAC has given 54 percent to Republicans and 46 percent to Democrats. These figure may fluctuate during the two-year election cycle, but they may wind up fairly even.
In the 2011-2012 cycle, the PAC was also very careful to play it even between both parties. The PAC gave $110,000 to Democrats and $109,000 to Republicans. View their 2011-2012 financial profile.
Amazon Corporate LLC reported it spent $860,000 in the second quarter of 2013 lobbying Congress and the executive branch. The company lobbied on issues relating to taxes, including corporate tax reform, digital goods, and the collection of taxes on remote sales (the Marketplace Fairness Act, S.336, S.743 and H.R. 684; as well as others issues. View lobby filing filing.