Guest Author - Tracey-Kay Caldwell
You have decided that shopping is the kind of activism you can do. BuyBlue.org can help you to find out if the products and services you buy are from companies that support democratic causes. Itís simple. They have researched all the companies for you. On the BuyBlue.org home page, click on the find logo. On the find page, you will see several different ways that you con search for information on a company. Scroll down to #4 and click on the ranked directory. From the category list, you will be able to select donations. This will take you to the list of companies ranked by what percentage they give to the Democratic Party. Foe example The Menís Warehouse Inc. donated $56,000 in contributions and 100% went to democratic causes. So if you buy your husbands next suit at Menís Warehouse, you will know that any profits donated to political campaigns will go to the Democrats and not Republicans. Shopping can be a powerful tool to shift corporate donations from the Democrats to the Republicans. Continue to explore around the BuyBlue.org site, checking out the category and alphabetical listings. Find out if you have unknowingly been supporting the Republican Party. Make a conscience effort to change your shopping habits to support companies, supporting Democrats.
In addition to helping consumers decide where to shop, BuyBlue.org has sought to arm activist and political groups with information they can use to further their causes. Raven Brooks, President and Chair of BuyBlue.org, said that for the 2005 California Special Election they ďresearched each of the propositions and determine which companies, groups and individuals were contributing money in support of either side. This information was picked up by a lot of Democratic groups campaigning against the measures and searching for the terms in Google generally brought us back in the top 5 results and in some cases as number one. By giving people information about the interests supporting a given measure we feel that we've helped provide people with a tool they can use to achieve their political goals. Accurate and easy to digest information is a very powerful tool.Ē
In the future BuyBlue.org plans to expand the kind of information they provide. In addition to the 2006 election cycle political donations, they plan to add information about lobbying practices of companies. Also watch for BuyBlue.org to expand it use of local chapter to research and rate local businesses, state elections and ballot initiatives. To expand their participation in traditional grassroots type activities, and outreach to other democratic and progressive organizations. Do not spend another dollar until you have had the change to check out BuyBlue.org and make sure that dollar will not end up helping the Republicans.