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Product Details

  • Series: Blue Pages: A Directory of Companies Rated by Their Politics &
  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Polipoint Press (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976062119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976062110
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,806,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

CHRIS COLIN is a former editor and writer for "Salon." His work has appeared in "The New York Times Book Review, McSweeney's," and various anthologies. He lives in San Francisco.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By zhivago on March 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
An excellent reference guide, even more useful than I expected. The Blue Pages not only tells where corporate political contributions go, but it also gives a paragraph on each company detailing things such as law suits, labor relations, OSHA violations, and whether they have anti-discrimination policies on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Some companies of interest at first appeared not to be listed, but they I discovered they are in the index, and the index points to parent companies, or, in some cases, a subsidiary company.

I would encourange anybody who cares how their spending influences politics to buy this book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mary L on February 11, 2006
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I am going to recommend this book to all of my friends. I was curious about the book after reading about it on the Daily Kos. I wanted to see for myself what all the hoopla was about. I examined THE BLUE PAGES and Buyblue.org. One is a book and the other is a website. I have to say that they really don't share very much in common. Buyblue is a blog with a limited amount of listings. As a blog Buyblue.org is very useful but their listing are very limited. THE BLUE PAGES on the other hand has lots of listings. I say use both of them and stop all of this progressive in fighting. As progressives we have a lot more important work to do. We need to spend our money with companies that share our politics. I going to take THE BLUE PAGES with me whenever I go shopping.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Gardner VINE VOICE on March 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
Consumer and shareholder activism is one of the few channels that everyday people (regardless of political persuasion; or particular single interest) have open.

The assumption that any given corporation will act in the interest of the shareholder, let alone the consumer is very unsafe. This book provides a handy reference for a consumer, or investor to make a more informed decision.

I found the information on current activities, issues and ethical valuations to be very helpful and generally up to date.

From an entirely personal perspective I dislike Companies that make sizable donations to any party, have "well funded" PAC's and profit from the suffering of others - in some instances it is more questionable when companies are making million dollar contributions to both parties. The simple proportion of democrat to republican has to be read with care (e.g. company shown as 100 percent republican with a 5000 donation). A symbol to highlight the big donors would be very helpful.

This book will have a short life given it's nature; I hope there will be annual updates.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By special J on February 10, 2006
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I just picked up a copy of THE BLUE PAGES after reading all the buzz on the Daily Kos. This book is filled with lots of useful information. Who knew that Anthropology was 100% Democratic. Gotta love that! Shopping will never be the same. I am definitely going to use this book to vote with my dollars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. MAYBURY on February 10, 2006
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When you go shopping for stuff, this book tells you up front how the company stands politically, which party it supports and how much, plus background information on the company's labor and environmental policies. It covers everything from running shoes to brake shoes. Whatever you spend your money on, it's in this pocket-size book: cars, clothes, computers, insurance, financial, food and beverage, health and beauty, home and garden, media and entertainment, telecommunications and Internet, travel and leisure. I especially like the top-ten lists at the start of each chapter, so I know right away who the good guys and bad guys are.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Kleczewski on June 1, 2006
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This guide provides an excellent overview of companies political contributions and policies. Useful regardless of your political leanings. Language appears to be non-biased. Some items were rather refreshing to find, and other companies were rather shocking. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Newton Ooi on March 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
I picked this up at the airport while waiting for a flight. The titled "The Blue Pages", it does not lean liberal in any way. It provides a short and concise breakdown of political contributions of the biggest companies operating in the US. The companies are broken down into industries, with one chapter for each industry such as automotive, computers and electronics, media and entertainment, etc... For each company, the book lists how much was given to the Democrats and how much was given to the Republicans for the 2003 - 2004 time period. Extraneous donations to third parties or specific causes are not included. Many of the companies' listings include a short description of specific bills they supported or opposed, which is quite handy in understanding where they stand on political issues.

Reading thru this book, I came across several surprises. For example, Honda Motor Company is entirely neutral and gave not a cent to either party. Toyota, on the other hand, actively sides with Detroit's Big Three in opposing the raising of CAFE standards or tightening of car pollution laws. Another surprise is that many companies that overwhelmingly supported the Republican Party offered benefits for gay partners! Overall, quite interesting reading. The format of course allows the book to be digested in short chunks of a couple minutes reading each.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By carfree on August 28, 2006
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After I saw how much support the executives at amazon give to kill civilians in Iraq for oil profits I switched to Barnes and Nobles for my book purchases who gave 100% to democrats. I feel its worth the extra dollar to support a company that doesnt support white collar terrorists and also creates great places for people to relax in a community... thank you blue pages for helping me help make america a better place to live.
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