Companies Donate Early to Dueling Political Parties

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An attendee visits the Northrop Grumman Corp. booth during the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in this file photo.

With Democrats leading the Senate and Republicans controlling the House of Representatives, it’s a good time for companies to nurture bipartisan alliances by making early campaign contributions to both parties.

Following are some of the companies that made donations through their political action committees to at least one Democratic national party committee and one Republican national party committee in January, according to Federal Election Commission filings due today.

Northrop Grumman Corp., a defense contractor bracing for automatic budget cuts set to take effect March 1, donated $15,000 apiece to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. It gave the same amount to the House campaign organizations, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. All of the donations were made Jan. 4.

The $15,000 represents the maximum donation active PACs can give to a national party committee in a calendar year.

Google Inc., the world’s biggest search engine company, gave $5,000 each to the DCCC and NRSC.

American Airlines, which will become the world’s biggest airline after merging with US Airways, donated $15,000 apiece to the DSCC and NRSC.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. sent $15,000 each to the DSCC and NRCC on Jan. 23.

Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable company, sent $15,000 each to the DSCC and NRCC on Jan. 22.

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