People at 14 leading restaurant chains, from McDonald's to Wendy’s, collectively contributed nearly $6 million to political groups between 2011 and 2014. Since companies can't contribute to federal elections directly, a lot of the money comes from company-sponsored political action committees (PACs), which let company leaders and stakeholders pool financial resources into a special account. Usually, a board decides how to distribute it. Individual employees and CEOs, the people representing a company and responsible for carrying out its values, can also make political donations on their own.
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