"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." - - - William Blum

April 24, 2005

What? No more Campbell Soup or Greeting Cards?

Buy Blue has ranked companies based on what percent of their political contributions went to Democratic vs. Republican candidates. The greater the percent going to Republicans, the lower the rating. Here is a current listing of the companies in the lowest 20%:

Ace Hardware Corporation 0%
Best Buy Co., Inc. 0%
California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. 0%
Cintas Corporation 0%
CSS Industries, Inc. 0%
Dollar General Corporation 0%
Domino's Pizza, Inc. 0%
Fruit of the Loom 0%
Kohl's Corporation 0%
Lowe's Companies, Inc. 0%
Nordstrom, Inc. 0%
PETsMART, Inc. 0%
Russell Stover Candies Inc. 0%
Pier 1 Imports, Inc. 1%
Raley's Inc. 1%
Outback Steakhouse, Inc. 2%
Kelly Services, Inc. 3%
Williams-Sonoma, Inc 3%
CBRL Group, Inc. 4%
McDonald's Corporation 4%
Geico 5%
Hershey Foods Corporation 5%
Urban Outfitters, Inc. 6%
Wendy's International, Inc. 6%
Darden Restaurants, Inc. 9%
Circuit City Stores, Inc. 10%
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, The 11%
Saks Incorporated 11%
Dell Inc. 12%
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. 12%
Kroger Co. 12%
Office Depot, Inc. 12%
OfficeMax Incorporated 12%
Publix Super Markets, Inc. 12%
Zale Corporation 12%
Ahold USA, Inc. 13%
Hallmark Cards, Inc. 14%
American Greetings Corporation 15%
Oracle Corporation 15%
Brinker International, Inc. 16%
EarthLink, Inc. 16%
Helzberg Diamonds 16%
Limited Brands, Inc. 16%
Molson Coors Brewing Company 16%
Staples, Inc. 16%
USAA 16%
Marriott International, Inc. 17%
Shell Oil Company 17%
Target Corporation 17%
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. 17%
Home Depot, Inc. 18%
Southwest Airlines Co. 18%
Campbell Soup Company 20%

This really sucks because most of the office-supply, clothing and electronics stores available in this part of L.A. are in this range. Being a political activist is, as George Bush says, hard... really really hard.

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