Every election night, interspersed between the shots of tense candidates, thoughtful analysts and eager voters, dozens of commercials pepper the television. This year, however, many of consumer companies won’t just be buying airtime — they may also be buying a share in the election.

As more and more major corporations pour money into political campaigns, it’s worth remembering that the stores you shop in, the shoes you wear, and even the movies you watch may be helping to elect your next…

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