money where your mouth is

If you must buy stuff this Xmas, buy it from the Good Guys, ok?
Good:
* Price Club/Costco donated $225K, of which 99% went to democrats;
* Magla Products (Stanley tools, Mr. Clean), $22K, 100% to democrats;
* Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, $153K, 99% to democrats;
* Estee Lauder, $448K, 95% to democrats;
* Guess ? Inc., $145K, 98% to democrats;
* Calvin Klein, $78K, 100% to democrats;
* Liz Claiborne, Inc., $34K, 97% to democrats;
* Levi Straus, $26K, 97% to democrats;
* Olan Mills, $175K, 99% to democrats.
* Gallo Winery, $337K, 95% to democrats;
* Sonic Corporation, $83K, 98% democrat;
* Triarc Companies (Arby’s, T.J. Cinnamon’s, Pasta Connections), $112K, 96% Democrats;
Bad:
* WalMart, $467K, 97% to republicans;
* K-Mart, $524K, 86% to republicans;
* Home Depot, $298K, 89% to republicans;
* Target, $226K, 70% to republicans;
* Circuit City Stores, $261K, 95% to republicans;
* 3M Co., $281K, 87% to republicans;
* Hallmark Cards, $319K, 92% to republicans;
* Amway, $391K, 100% republican;
* Kohler Co. (plumbing fixtures), $283K, 100% republicans;
* B.F. Goodrich (tires), $215K, 97% to republicans;
* Proctor & Gamble, $243K, 79% to republicans;
* Coors, $174K, 92% to republicans; (also Budweiser – sd)
* Brown-Forman Corp. (Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, Bushmills, Korbel wines, Lennox China, Dansk, Gorham Silver), $644, 80% to republicans;
* Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. (chicken), $366K, 100% republican;
* Outback Steakhouse, $641K, 95% republican;
* Tricon Global Restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell), $133K, 87% republican;
* Brinker International (Maggiano’s, Brinker Cafe, Chili’s, On the Border, Macaroni Grill, Crazymel’s, Corner Baker, EatZis), $242K, 83% republican;
* Waffle House, $279K, 100% republican;
* McDonald’s Corp., $197K, 86% republican;
* Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, Bahama Breeze), $121K, 89% republican;
* Mariott International, $323K, 81% to republicans;
* Holiday Inns, $38K, 71% to republicans
Ugly:
* Hyatt Corporation, $187K, 80% to democrats;
* Rite Aid, $517K, 60% to democrats;
* Warnaco (undergarments), $55K, 73% to democrats;
* Southern Wine & Spirits, $213K, 73% to democrats;
* Joseph E. Seagrams & Sons (includes beverage business, plus considerable media interests), $2M+, 67% democrats.
[Texeira had these in the “with us” section, but I say screw the bet-hedging bastards.]
(from Donkey Rising via Digby)

6 thoughts on “money where your mouth is

  1. Oooh. I like this list.
    Kris and I are fairly politically active in our shopping choices. The one disagreement we have is over Domino’s Pizza. She won’t touch the stuff because they donate to anti-abortion causes. I compromise my principles because, for some reason, I love the pizza.

  2. JD, although I agree with Kris, I think you can be forgiven the occasional lapse. 🙂
    (Of course, perhaps the best thing to do would be to find a pizza place you like better: I bet Kris would rather treat you to their pizza than see you eat Domino’s. But don’t tell her where you got the idea!)

  3. I think this is discrimination. Christians give more money to republicans. White people give more money to republicans. Shall we decide to not hire them, not live next door to them, not go to the same schools? This is antithetical to the pinciples democrats live by. It is like using fire to fight fire. Yes it will work, but do you want to live in the world it leaves behind?
    Bruno

  4. Does anyone know the source of this list? I don’t – yet – and it looks like none of the comment writers here do. I googled the exact phrase “Price Club/Costco donated $225K, of which 99% went to democrats”, which led me here. It also leads to http://www.testopiloto.net/lauren/archives/000285.html, and http://patmix.typepad.com/patmix/2004/12/check_your_list.html, which claim the source is the Center for Responsive Politics. They are probably not the only ones to make that claim. But CRP disavows any connection with it. (http://www.opensecrets.org/pressreleases/2004/Shopping.asp).
    Makes you ask, Who IS the author, and what’s their agenda? Which begs the question of whether the data in the list is valid at all. Maybe JD wants to rethink the Domino’s Pizza thing. Well, actually, maybe not. I’ve eaten it. Once.
    All that aside, and assuming the list is accurate, I’d say to Bruno: I admire you and your restraint. Sincerely.
    But I disagree. Fighting with this kind of fire is perfectly legit and far preferable to many of the historical alternatives, like eliminating ones political foes; a method that isn’t all that historical in some places on this planet, and I wish that in those places they were boycotting instead of killing, holding political prisoners, etc. You’ve conlfated (equated, confused) economic boycott with illegal discrimination based on a person’s membership in a protected class (religion, race). Merchants are not a protected class. Party affiliation is not a protected class. And a boycott of merchants who support the political party you oppose does not deprive those merchants of anything to which they have a right: they don’t have a right to sell to you. Economic boycott does not lead inevitably to the kind of discrimination you rightly reject. And, hell yes it works. Do I want to live in the world it would leave behind? Yes. And so did the Blacks in South Africa (and most of the rest of the world) during the boycott of South Africa. Would you trade the South Africa that left behind for the one they had before? I think not.
    BTW, if you know people in Vermont, encourage them encourage Senator Jeffords to vote NOT to certify the electoral college’s vote due to the irregularities in Ohio.

  5. Nat, thanks, that’s interesting. I got the list above from Donkey Rising, as linked at the end of the post; the byline there is Alan Abramowitz, and he cites CRP too. The CRP page you link looks like ass-covering (lots of things depend on their remaining non-partisan) except that they say the list is inaccurate without giving figures. A quick google search for “shop your politics” indicates that the email list to which the CRP page refers is indeed the same one I quote above.
    I’m out of time now, but I’ll write to Dr Abramowitz and see whether he has any comment.

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