BuyPartisan App Tells You What Not To Buy

Do you ever wonder just who is benefiting from the money you spend when you buy everyday products that hundreds of millions of people in the USA use on a regular basis, and which might be purchased by far more people around the world? When you lay down three dollars for a plastic bottle of ketchup or 95ยข for a can of corn at the grocery, are you supporting a company’s agenda to donate millions to one political party or another, or the CEO’s personal support of a partisan politician who may have similar beliefs as you do, or, who may have beliefs that you find appalling? Well, you do not have to wonder any longer.

It seems that a former Capital Hill staffer by the name of Mather Colbert (who has, interestingly enough, refused to answer
when asked by an interviewer from the Loop if he was related to Stephen Colbert) has come up with a solution for iPhone users, and an Android version is on the way. He has developed the BuyPartisan App, that lets you scan the bar code of products, primarily grocery products (75% of what’s in the store, or so they say), at least for now, which is then quickly compared to a database of information about company political contributions. That database is composed of campaign information obtained from the Center for Responsive Politics, the Sunlight Foundation, and the Institute for State Money in Politics.

Once a bar code is scanned, a new screen appears, and it shows the red (gop), blue (dem),


and green (others) percentage of political contributions of the company's Board of Directors, CEO, PACs and Employees.

One thing is very clear as to corporate spending: Most big companies do give something to each side, but the amounts they give tell much more of the story.

The App is free, and as soon as I read about it, I downloaded it and tried it out. I tested it on a bottle of ketchup, and got my pleasant results back in about 10 seconds. I can’t wait to use it when shopping. Of course, that can lead to a serious conundrum – do you stop buying a product you really like because the company donates some to the wrong side? Do you buy a less preferred and maybe clearly inferior product because they give to the right party? Or, are you better off not knowing?

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About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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