Dropdown populated with database data that adds on button click


I am confused how to populate my dropdown that adds on button click with database values . I used jQuery to do the adding function of dropdown on button click. but it seems like i cant populate the options of the select tag inside my jQuery with database values. Please help me out...

This is my php page

prepare('select CompanyName From Company');   $smt->execute();   $data = $smt->fetchAll();   ?>


The jQuery code used to add dropdown on button click is:


var counter = 2;
$("#addButton").click(function () {
if(counter>5){   alert("Only 5 Layers allowed");   return false;   }   var companies = [];   var newTextBoxDiv = $(document.createElement('div'))   .attr("id