From Open Secrets:
The Grand Old Party might prefer to see President Obama eat crow when it comes to health care or immigration reform, but they’ll have to settle for watching him pardon Republican-raised turkeys this Thanksgiving.
In what just might be an instance of the use of executive power with which House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will not take issue, Obama will grant clemency to a pair of turkeys born and raised in the Buckeye State.
Most jokes aside, the honor of providing the presidential turkey this year was awarded to Cooper Farms, a 76-year-old family farm in Fort Recovery, Ohio. According to Center for Responsive Politics records, Cooper Farms employees have been active contributors to political campaigns and party committees — showing an overwhelming preference for Republicans.
During the 2014 cycle, Cooper Farms employees contributed $46,700 to a trio of GOP candidates, the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Ohio. In fact, they’ve donated a grand total of $250 to Democrats since 1998, while giving more than $230,000 to Republicans.
Boehner was the biggest beneficiary of gifts hatched at Cooper Farms this cycle, including $10,000 from Chief Operating Officer Gary Cooper, the son of Cooper Farms founder Virgil Cooper. When contacted for comment, Gary Cooper agreed to speak about the White House’s turkey selections, but minutes later a representative of the company told us that Cooper had a scheduling conflict.
A number of meaty contributions from the folks at Cooper Farms — $66,100 in the 2014 cycle alone — went to the PAC of the National Turkey Federation, the trade organization that helps the White House put on the turkey presentation. That group leans right too; two-thirds of the $229,600 it contributed to congressional candidates in the midterms went to Republicans.
In the Washington’s current political climate, it’s refreshing to see that leaders can be party-blind when it comes to poultry. Maybe Obama was being sincere when he claimed he wanted to work with the Republicans on areas of common interest.