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With the holidays upon us, some of us might wish to be mindful of whom we patronize relative to their 2000 Election Cycle political donations, as reported by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Shopping:

*Price Club/Costco donated $225K, of which 99% went to democrats;
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;
*Rite Aid, $517K, 60% to democrats;
*Magla Products (Stanley tools, Mr. Clean), $22K, 100% to democrats;
3M Co., $281K, 87% to republicans;
Hallmark Cards, $319K, 92% to republicans;
Amway, $391K, 100% republican;
Kohler Co. (plumbing fixtures), $283K, 100% republicans;
*Warnaco (undergarments), $55K, 73% to democrats;
B.F. Goodrich (tires), $215K, 97% to republicans;
*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.
Spirits:

Coors, $174K, 92% to republicans; (also Budweiser - sd)
* Gallo Winery, $337K, 95% to democrats;
Brown-Forman Corp. (Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, Bushmills, Korbel wines - as well as Lennox China, Dansk, Gorham Silver), $644K, 80% to republicans;
* Southern Wine &Spirits, $213K, 73% to democrats;
* Joseph E. Seagrams &Sons (includes beverage business, plus considerable media interests), $2M+, 67% democratic;
Restaurants/food companies:

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. (chicken), $366K, 100% >republican;
Outback Steakhouse, $641K, 95% republican;
* Sonic Corporation, $83K, 98% democrat;
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;
* Triarc Companies (Arby's, T.J. Cinnamon's, Pasta Connections), $112K, 96% democrats;
Waffle House, $279K, 100% republican;
McDonald's Corp., $197K, 86% republican;
Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, Bahama Breeze), $121K, 89% republican;
Hotels:

* Hyatt Corporation, $187K, 80% to democrats;
Mariott International, $323K, 81% to republicans;
Holiday Inns, $38K, 71% to republicans.
Choose Blue. Shop locally and shop BLUE

Use the US Post Office, not Fedex or UPS
Use the corner hardware store- Home Depot is a huge contributer to the GOP.

Please send to like minded friends and urge them to draw a line in the sand. 80% of annual !! You can make a difference now.retail business is done in the next three weeks!

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Mele Kalikimaka
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Use the US Post Office, not Fedex or UPS

Yeah, i'll use them alright....when they quit shredding my Import Tuner magazines.
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Never heard of the center for Responsive Politics. Anybody got a URL or anything so we can investigate the veracity of the claims of this?

Also, who is "Blue?" What is meant by "shopping locally?" And what if I don't have a corner hardware store near me?

- Pseudo (USPS just takes too long anyway) Croat

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Jason Threadslayer
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quote:
Originally posted by Pseudo_Croat:
Never heard of the center for Responsive Politics. Anybody got a URL or anything so we can investigate the veracity of the claims of this?

Open Secrets, "Your guide to money in politics". Start searching with PACs to find company data (companies can't directly donate -- they have to go through PACs).

UPS data: 27% to Democrats, 73% to Republicans
WalMart data: 2 471 423$ in reciepts, 22% to Democrats, 78% to Republicans

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So the data seems to be true (at least some of it).

The real question is: Should we really give a darn about this?

- Pseudo (and what about "shopping locallly?") Croat

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That depends, Pseudo_Croat. Do you have any problems with your money going to indirectly support causes you are against?

There are certain questions only *you* can answer, and this is one of 'em.

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If I buy a Martha Stewart plate from Kmart will they cancel each other out?

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quote:
Originally posted by Spam & Cookies-mmmm:
If I buy a Martha Stewart plate from Kmart will they cancel each other out?

[lol]

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If I were to pay any attention to this list, the people I'd avoid buying from aren't the ones who gave the most to R's or the ones who gave the most to D's. I'd avoid buying the ones who weren't lopsided. I could respect someone who gives money to the candidate that he sincerely believes is better, but when you give tons of money to both candidates, you're blatantly seeking favor.

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www.buyblue.org has got a lot of this info, too.

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quote:
Originally posted by AnglRdr:
That depends, Pseudo_Croat. Do you have any problems with your money going to indirectly support causes you are against?

There are certain questions only *you* can answer, and this is one of 'em.

Why is this so? Can't it be answered so as to cover all of humanity? What I mean by this is would giving a rat's butt about that sort of thing benefit humanity at large? That's the way I usually make major decisions.

Beisdes, if you buy goods from many different places, it'll all balance out in the end, so the point would be moot.

- Pseudo_Croat

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Originally posted by Pseudo_Croat:
Why is this so? Can't it be answered so as to cover all of humanity?

Can anything be answered so as to cover all of humanity?

If you don't want to support [company] because they support [politic party], don't. Why base it on what the rest of humanity might do - especially concerning an issue of little importance to the world outside of the US?

Ci "recognises three companies listed, purchases nothing from them anyway" ara

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Forgive me, but I'm liberal in the party.

I get confused when it comes to the government talk of numbers. That's why I skipped voting for Bush or Kerry. It's nonsense to me.

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I'm with Pseudo-Croat on this. I buy goods and services on the basis of whether they are any use to me. What the owners of the company chose to do with their profits is their business.

Did anyone else find the list of donors deeply unsurprising? Midwest brewers supporting republicans? NY Perfumiers supporting democrats? Whatever next?

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How about "XXX" locations?

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Also, who is "Blue?"
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Originally posted by AnglRdr:
That depends, Pseudo_Croat. Do you have any problems with your money going to indirectly support causes you are against?

Taxes, all the time. Can't seem to do anything about that one, why worry about the other?

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"Blue" is the colour of the democratic party

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"Blue" is the color the media uses to depict states with democratic victories, not the color of the party itself.

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Aren't corporate donations illegal?

Pogue

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quote:
Originally posted by Pogue Mahone:
Aren't corporate donations illegal?

Well...
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Originally posted by Jason Threadshochet:
Open Secrets, "Your guide to money in politics". Start searching with PACs to find company data (companies can't directly donate -- they have to go through PACs).


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