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Wrigley (Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company) is the world's largest maker of chewing gum. Brands include Big Red, Doublemint, Eclipse, Extra, Freedent, Juicy Fruit, Orbit, Spearmint, and Winterfresh. Non-gum products are Altoids, Creme Savers, Life Savers, and Velamints. The Wrigley family controls the company. [1]

Chairman William Wrigley, Jr. is listed in Forbes as having a personal fortune of US$1.6 billion. He is a fourth-generation Wrigley. [2]

Ad boycott against Air America Radio

Wrigley refused to advertise on the progressive Air America Radio. In October 2006, around 90 companies, including Wrigley, told ABC Radio Networks that they did not want their ads to play on radio stations that carried Air America Radio. [3] [4] [5]

Political contributions

Chairman William Wrigley, Jr. made the following contributions: [6]

National Republican Congressional Committee01/15/2004$15,000
Mitt Romney (Rep)03/07/2007$2,300
J. Dennis Hastert (Rep)02/18/2004$2,000
J. Dennis Hastert (Rep)06/21/2006$1,000
Philip M. Crane (Rep)01/23/2004$2,000
Grocery Manufacturers of America PAC 06/12/2003$2,000
Grocery Manufacturers of America PAC04/26/2004$500
Grocery Manufacturers of America PAC06/29/2005$5,000
Grocery Manufacturers of America PAC03/27/2006$5,000

In the 2003/2004 election period, the Grocery Manufacturers of America PAC gave 13% to Democrats and 86% to Republicans.[7] In 2005/2006, it gave 20% to Democrats and 80% to Republicans.[8]


Key executives and 2006 pay: [9]

Selected members of the Board of Directors: [16]

Contact details

410 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-644-2121
Web: http://www.wrigley.com


  1. Wrigley Profile, Hoovers, accessed December 2007.
  2. William Wrigley Jr, Forbes, accessed December 2007.
  3. Marc Fisher, "Air America, in the Throes of Victory?", The Washington Post, December 10, 2006.
  4. "Air America on Ad Blacklist?", FAIR, October 31, 2006.
  5. "Air America Blackout", FAIR.org/ABC memo, October 25, 2006.
  6. William Wrigley, Jr., Federal Election Commission, accessed December 2007.
  7. Grocery Manufacturers of America 2004, Open Secrets, accessed December 2007.
  8. Grocery Manufacturers of America 2006, Open Secrets, accessed December 2007.
  9. Elected Officers, Wrigley, accessed December 2007.
  10. William Wrigley Jr, Forbes, accessed December 2007.
  11. William D Perez, Forbes, accessed December 2007.
  12. Reuben Gamoran, Forbes, accessed December 2007.
  13. Peter R Hempstead, Forbes, accessed December 2007.
  14. Surinder Kumar, Forbes, accessed December 2007.
  15. Dushan Petrovich, Forbes, accessed December 2007.
  16. Board of Directors, Wrigley, accessed December 2007.