When they're not signing up distributors, MLMs are recruiting politicians.
Known for: Galvanic spas
Political giving, 1989-2012: $675,000, mostly to Republicans. CEO supported Romney's campaigns; ex-president and his son-in-law gave $2 million to the Romney super-PAC via shell companies.
Known for: Cleaning products, litigious CEO
Political giving, 1989-2012: $380,000, mostly to GOPers; plus $1 million to Romney super-PAC
Known for: Nutrilite diet supplements
Political giving, 1989-2012: $9.3 million, mostly to Republicans. Amway cofounder Rich DeVos funds the Koch brothers' political efforts.
Known for: Nutritional shakes
Lobbying, 1998-2011: $3.65 million
Known for: Banned ephedra-based weight-loss drugs
Lobbying, 1998-2005: $3.6 million
Known for: Pink Cadillac-driving sellers
Political giving, 1989-2012: $740,000
Known for: Pink-ribbon everything
Political giving, 1989-2012: $345,000, plus $970,000 on lobbying since 2002
Known for: Transfer Factor immunity supplements
Political giving, 1989-2012: $54,000; founder gave $500,000 to Romney super-PAC.
Known for: Aloe vera-based drinks
Political giving, 1989-2012: CEO and his wife have given more than $150,000 to Republicans, including Romney.
Known for: Mangosteen juice
Political giving, 2004-2012: $186,000, mostly to Republicans