Clothes make the man and woman(and may disclose their politics, too!) 

Next time you don that pair of Calvin Klein jeans you love so much, might want to think twice about it if your politics tend to the Republican side of the political spectrum. Turns out Calvin is a big Democrat, contributing $30,400 to the Democratic National Committee, according to Andrew Kreighbaugh, writing on the OpenSecrets.org blog.

Love those chic creations of Diane Furstenberg? If you are a GOPer, consider that the world-famous designer regularly gives the maximum individual contribution of $2,400 to Democrats like Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, and Rep. Chris Murphy

Similarly, if you are on the Democratic side and you cruise in a pair of Levis, be aware that Levi Strauss employees gave nearly $30,000 in contributions in the last congressional election and 68 percent of the total went to GOP candidates.

And if you are a Democrat and wear a uniform on the job supplied by the Cintas Corp., it will interest you to know that Richard Farmer, the firm’s CEO, has donated more than $75,000 to GOP candidates so far in the 2010 campaign.

Kreighbaugh says the trends in clothing industry political giving are fairly consistent from year to year:

“In the 2008 election cycle, employees of Michael Kors donated 93 percent of campaign contributions to Democrats while employees of Liz Claiborne donated 98 percent to Democrats,” Kreighbaugh said. “Meanwhile, employees of Columbia Sportswear donated almost 90 percent of campaign contributions to Republicans.”

For more on clothing industry campaign giving, including a Top 20 list with the partisan breakdowns of giving by firm, go here.

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