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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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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.
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.
Although many voters would like to vote more responsibly, the task of researching to make intelligent decisions is daunting. The crew at the recently established publishing company, PoliPointPress, have spent long and expensive hours to render much of this information easily accessible and readily usable. They have placed their integrity on the line to help our confused electorate to wake up and vote accordingly.
As the saying goes, "Money is the mother's milk of politics." Instead of milking the system for all it is worth, try voting responsibly, and channel corporate political funding to where your conscience can rest easily.
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.