From Open Secrets:
Overall, military donors favored Republican candidates and conservative organizations in 2014, accounting for 55 percent of the nearly $800,000 they gave to candidates, party committees and outside spending groups. This figure includes soldiers and civilians — retired and active — in the five branches, the Department of Defense and the National Guard.As the country prepares to honor its veterans Tuesday, OpenSecrets Blog broke down where members of the armed services made political contributions before last week’s elections.
Current members of the five major branches — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard — combined to give about $534,000. These donors favored the GOP and conservative groups overall, but there was little consistency across the board.
The Army — the largest branch, with donors accounting for nearly $250,000 of the total — is the only branch to have donated the majority of its contributions to Democrats. Army service members and employees contributed more than $122,000 to Democratic candidates and party groups during the 2014 cycle. Army personnel donated more to one of their own than any other candidate, giving more than $9,000 to West Point graduate and Army veteran Art Moore, a Republican who lost his bid to unseat Rep. Tom McClintock (R) in California’s 4th District.
The Marine Corps favored Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Army Veteran Elan Carr, the Republican nominee who failed to defeat Democrat Ted Lieu in the race to fill retiring Rep. Henry Waxman‘s (D) California seat.
Although not a majority, the Navy did give a plurality of its donations to Democrats and liberal groups. Navy donors favored Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) above all others. The Coast Guard favored Republicans and conservative groups by a six point margin.