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The Blue Pages: A Directory of Companies Rated by Their Politics and Practices Paperback – December 1, 2005
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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.
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.
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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I was very happy with this item. It meet my expectations and work as described.Published 10 months ago by Gerald D Schure
This is the best thing ever, I can easily look through and pick & choose who I WILL an WILL NOT buy from....great tool for people that want to KNOW who they do business with. Read morePublished on January 13, 2009 by CD
This directory lists companies by name and product, and reports total money donated to both political parties, and divides the total into Repub and Dem. Read morePublished on February 17, 2008 by Roger Q. Callaway
very interesting and helpful book. it's a must have for those interested in where top execs spend their political dollars.Published on June 10, 2007 by A. Davidson
This is an interesting book. It gives those who care an insite into the politics of the corporations you are dealing with. In some cases the choice of company 'A' vs. Read morePublished on February 2, 2007 by W. Harris
I'm going to begin this book review with a little story, and if you'll just hang in there, you'll eventually see how it relates to THE BLUE PAGES. Read morePublished on January 14, 2007 by STEPHEN T. McCARTHY
While the idea of this book is great, and it can be used by people on both sides of the fence, it's questionable as to the validity of this information. Read morePublished on August 3, 2006 by Erik R. Kruse
The perfect example of why this book is woefully inadequate is the entry for Papa Johns Pizza.
Nary a mention of the millions given to anti-choice groups by its founder... Read more