Peabody Energy's Political Action Committee Heavily Favours Republicans

In a town like Washington, DC, sometimes it pays to play both sides of the political fence, a strategy clearly not taken by Peabody Energy's (NYSE: BTU) political action committee (PAC).

While the organization has donated some funds over the years to Democratic party politicians, our research finds that over the last 8 election cycles 78% of political donations have gone to Republicans.

This finding is made quite clear in this graph produced by Open Secrets showing political donations made by Peabody Energy's PAC since 1990 broken down by political party:

Here's the breakdown of the last 15 years (8 election cycles) of political donations made by Peabody Energy's political action committee:

2014 election cycle

Total donations: $163,500

Republican candidates: $148,500 (90%)

Democratic candidates: $15,000 (10%


2012 election cycle

Total donations: $201,100

Republican candidates: $175,000 (87%)

Democratic candidates: $26,100 (13%)


2010 election cycle

Total donations: $164,300

Republican candidates: $94,400 (57%)

Democratic candidates: $74,900 (43%)


2008 election cycle

Total donations: $160,290

Republican candidates: $98,290 (61%)

Democratic candidates: $62,000 (59%)


2006 election cycle

Total donations: $180,500

Republican candidates: $152,500 (84%)

Democratic candidates: $28,000 (16%)


2004 election cycle

Total donations: $124,250

Republican candidates: $106,250 (85%)

Democratic candidates: $18,000 (15%)


2002 election cycle

Total donations: $118,498

Republican candidates: $89,498 (75%)

Democratic candidates: $29,000 (25%)


2000 election cycle

Total donations: $80,750

Republican candidates: $65, 750 (81%)

Democratic candidates: $15,000 (19%)

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