July 18, 2005
It isn't every day that Moonbattery can recommend a leftist website, but BuyBlue.org is a useful resource for anyone who feels that every time you buy something, you are voting with your wallet.
To quote the site:
BuyBlue.org is a concerted effort to lift the veil of corporate patronage, so consumers can make informed buying decisions that coincide with their principles.
Corporations are rated based on the political contributions of their top three executives, and donations from associated political action committees. Contributions of rank and file employees are not counted.
Here are some companies to avoid. These are the bluest of the blue, earning a 100% rating by giving solely to Democrats:
- AFC Enterprises, Inc
- Aloha Air Group, Inc.
- American Apparel, LLC
- Bally Total Fitness Holding Corporation
- Barnes & Noble, Inc.
- Benihana Inc
- Black & Decker Corporation
- Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation
- Caribou Coffee Company Inc.
- Charming Shoppes, Inc
- Choice Hotels International, Inc.
- Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc.
- Diamond Resorts International
- Foot Locker, Inc
- Frederick's of Hollywood, Inc.
- Google Inc.
- Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.
- J. Crew Group, Inc
- Jamba Juice Company
- Jo-Ann Stores, Inc
- Levi Strauss & Co.
- Linens 'n Things, Inc
- Loews Hotels Holding Corporation
- Luxottica Group S.p.A.
- Myriad Restaurant Group, Inc.
- Panera Bread Company
- Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation
- Powell's Books, Inc.
- Progressive Corporation
- Recreational Equipment, Inc.
- Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc
- Skechers U.S.A., Inc
- Sonic Corp.
- SPS Studios, Inc.
- Starbucks Corporation
- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
- Tom's of Maine
- Working Assets Funding Service, Inc
Surprised Apple Computer didn't make the list? Their rating is 99%.
Readers are encouraged to patronize these pure red companies, proud recipients of a 0% rating earned by supporting only Republicans:
- Ace Hardware Corporation
- Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
- Best Buy Co., Inc.
- California Pizza Kitchen, Inc.
- Cintas Corporation
- CSS Industries, Inc.
- Curves International Inc
- Dollar General Corporation
- Dollar Tree Stores, Inc.
- Domino's Pizza, Inc.
- Fruit of the Loom
- In-N-Out Burgers, Inc
- Kohl's Corporation
- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.
- Lowe's Companies, Inc.
- Michaels Stores, Inc.
- Nordstrom, Inc.
- PETsMART, Inc.
- RE/MAX International, Inc.
- Russell Stover Candies Inc.
- The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc.
- WinCo Foods, Inc
Companies rated between the two extremes can be found here.
Aware that conservatives could use their site just as easily as liberals, the BuyBlue people warn that in the future, their ratings will incorporate not only political contributions, but also corporate policies, so that by buying red, you will run the risk of supporting a company that indulges in ethnocentrism, environmental insensitivity, heteronormative unimaginativeness, uncouth jingoism, etc. Caveat emptor.
Posted by Van Helsing at July 18, 2005 08:16 AM
Dammit, I go to Lowe's every day. And Best Buy is home away from home. Guess I'll have to keep funneling you guys a little loot, some sacrifices I just can't make. At least I can balance it out with Starbucks and Barnes and Noble. Cool post Van.
Posted by: Rob B. at July 18, 2005 09:42 AM
Yeah! Kohl's is red! As a single parent with two teenaged boys, life could not exist for me without Kohl's.
The irony is, of course, that Kohl's is the source of the family fortune that allows lib-dem Senator Herb Kohl to waste space and air in the Senate.
Posted by: V the K at July 18, 2005 09:51 AM
All right! California Pizza Kitchen made the red list! I'm not suprised at all by some of the Blue list, but most of the Red companies surprise me. I think I'll have a celebratory In-n-Out burger today, Animal style...
Posted by: Josh at July 18, 2005 12:34 PM
Don't forget to add "Kick Ass Productions" to your "red" list. That porn studio made a $5,000 contribution to the GOP -- and the Republican National Committee has refused to send it back.
Posted by: Randy Case at July 18, 2005 01:40 PM
Are you sure about Kohl's? Afterall, it is owned by the family of Herb Kohl (D, Wisconsin).
Of course, at a certain level of wealth and power, politics cease to matter.
Posted by: The Warden at July 18, 2005 02:01 PM
Not worth a thread, but worth a note: Leftwing Moonbat Comedienne Names Dog for Terrorist
Margaret Cho [My new dog] Gudrun is named after the infamous Gudrun Ensslin who was the female leader of the Baader-Meinhof Gang, an art terrorist group from the 70s. Terrorism was different then. It had a chicness to it...
The [Red Army Faction, self-styled name of the Baader-Meinhof Gang,] is believed responsible for killing from 30 to 50 people, including high-ranking German politicians, business executives and U.S. military personnel.
Another reminder of how the moonbats really feel about terrorism and mass murder. Sort of like a Che T-shirt.
Posted by: V the K at July 18, 2005 04:52 PM
Except for Black and Decker, compare the two lists. The blue list has all of the Nancy-boy companies.
Posted by: Walsingham at July 18, 2005 10:53 PM
Black and Decker is the queen of Nancy-boy tools. Dewalt is King.
How about Michaels? Silk flowers anyone?
Posted by: Rob B. at July 18, 2005 11:33 PM
Heh, I gotta give the blue list some credit for Fredericks of Hollywoody...
And I used to work at a B&N with a Starbucks inside my freshman year - I feel kinda icky now. And I still think Coors isn't real beer, regardless of the list.
Posted by: Josh at July 18, 2005 11:42 PM
What a valuable resource, VH! I'm very glad that Michael's craft store chain rates so surprisingly well (er-RED). Chick-fil-A got 1% but definitely deserves top mention, as they are a solidly pro-Christian, pro-Kid enterprise. (Closed on Sundays!)
The company I work for -- thank God -- didn't make any ranking that I could find... not enough in the mainstream of consumerism, I guess. But I can tell you where it'd fall %-wise: near the top of blueness. (Something for which I am not proud.)
Posted by: The MaryHunter at July 19, 2005 05:49 PM
CHECK OUT THIS re CITGO OIL (Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.):
Petroleos de Venezuela currently has a 0% BuyBlue rating due to political contributions for the 2003-2004 election cycle. Petroleos de Venezuela executives are mostly foreign and therefore cannot contribute but there were a few US employees that made some small contributions to Republican politicians. Petroleos de Venezuela does not have a political action committee.
With this narrow-minded rating, they're totally missing a chance to promote a corporation that is based in a country that has a neo-communist government ruled by a virtual dictator that hates the US, loves Castro, and wants Condi Rice to beg him for sex. (Or something like that, if I recall.)
Petroleos de Venezuela should have been a 100% BLUE!
So... I'd take this list with a grain of salt.
Posted by: The MaryHunter at July 19, 2005 05:56 PM
I will cut and paste the red list to the fridge for future use.
Posted by: Billy Budd at July 19, 2005 11:25 PM
I note that Caribou Coffee is on the "blue" list. Guess who sits on the board of the company that owns most of Caribou Coffee? One Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Red Ken's suicide-bomber loving, gay-hating buddy. I wonder if the Democrats would like Qaradawi's views on gays and his connections to their donor, Caribou Coffee, to be aired by the MSM?
Do a Google on Caribou Coffee + Qaradawi. See what comes up.
Posted by: Irene Adler at July 20, 2005 12:57 PM
I am seriously distressed to see Sonic listed as a BLUE co. During baseball season we eat there at least 2-3 times per week! Dang it. Guess we'll have to switch over to Chick-fil-A.
Relieved to see Lowe's is RED.
Posted by: HE!D! at July 24, 2005 02:50 PM