Sunday, December 25, 2005


Vote with your wallet!

No, this time, it's not another google product, it's just a way to shop while expressing your political preference. This can be useful especially for those who don't have the right to vote, like us expats (well, for now anyway).

After the 2004 presidential election, the site buyblue.org appeared on the web. The site offers a list of companies and the detail of their political contributions: how much they contributed and to which party.

You will learn this way that the following companies are among the most generous contributors of the republican party: SBC, Fedex, Mobil, Pfizer, Philip Morris, Sprint, Chevron, Dell, Target, Citigroup, Home Depot, Wendy's, Oracle, Pepsi, ...

And among the most generous contributors of the democratic party are: Progressive Insurances, Costco, Walmart, Gap, Hyatt, Google, ...

Here's a link to the list of companies sorted by contribution amount (but the site also lets you choose other search and sort options): http://www.buyblue.org/

So, don't forget to choose your side before going shopping!

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