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When you buy the things you love, how much of your money is going to causes you hate?

If you want to know, there's a free, new iPhone app for that. It's called BuyPartisan. Since downloading the app I discovered two things: it's addictive and shocking.

BuyPartisan is easy to use: Just scan the bar code of your favorite brand, wait for the beep, and voilà: You get a breakdown of how much money that company contributed to political causes over the past decade.

For instance, General Mills’ Honey Nut Cheerios made 63.5 percent of its donations to Republicans, 24 percent to Democrats, and 12.5 percent to unspecified causes. The app also scans home products: A package of Clorox wipes scores 63.25 Democrat, 19.25 percent Republican, and 17.75 percent unspecified.

“We’re trying to make every day election day for people,” former Capitol Hill staffer and app developer Matthew Colbert told the Los Angeles Times.

The free app gathers figures of popular companies’ campaign financial contributions from the Center for Responsive Politics, the Sunlight Foundation, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics. It matches the data with products that consumers buy every day so that users can learn which political party would profit the most from their buying decision.

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BuyPartisan is one more tool to teach our collective dollars some sense, in a political game that is rigged for the wealthiest one percent.

Thanks to the app, I have some unappetizing discoveries about some of my favorite brands beneath the orange croissant.

12:07 PM PT: I was sure that my herbal tea and herbal supplements would be reliably Democratic. WRONG!

My "super potency tonic tea" and goji berries are made by a company where employees gave 97% to Republicans and 0% to Democrats. No data is available on the CEO. (So I'll assume the best.)

It hardly makes sense to sell "the healthiest tea on earth," if you're going to contribute to a virulent toxin like the Republican party.

My other three herbal supplements had board members and employees who contributed 51%-99% to Republicans.

The only redeeming factor is that one of my favorite supplements has a true, blue, 97%-contributing Democrat as the CEO. Whew!

This app is a revelation.


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  •  Tip Jar (20+ / 0-)

    "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

    by FiredUpInCA on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 10:53:37 AM PDT

  •  This is awesome! (6+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, cany, MadMs, SoCalSal, dbg, Metric Only

    This is a great way for folks to effectively donate to political parties. After shopping and paying bills, it's hard for many to donate the remainder of their disposable income to political campaigns. This app seems to make it easier for regular people to skew where their dollars go in order to make an impact.

    Great post!

  •  Does the app include animal products? I ask (1+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA

    because the spending on animals is H U G E (and as a rescue, that's where most of my $ goes).

    The only hawk I like is the kind that has feathers. My birding blogs: http://thisskysings.wordpress.com/ and canyonbirds.net

    by cany on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 11:18:16 AM PDT

    •  I have not confirmed this (0+ / 0-)

      but I assume that it will provide political contribution information on any product with a readable barcode. The key word being readable. After numerous attempts to find the political leanings of the creators of Frito Lay's Flamin' Hot chips, I got the message that 'the product could not be found for this barcode.'

      "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

      by FiredUpInCA on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 12:35:32 PM PDT

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      •  I would assume (1+ / 0-)
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        FiredUpInCA

        Scanning a different FritoLay product would provide the desired info - or a Pepsi product, given they are the parent Corp.

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 01:35:14 PM PDT

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  •  Wow, I really like it. (3+ / 0-)
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    fou, FiredUpInCA, SoCalSal

    Now I just have to remember to use it when shopping. I tried it out, and the app responded quickly.

  •  Excellent! Just one thing... (1+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA

    between this app and the Boycott Divest and Sanction app, my shopping hours have been extended. No more walking the aisles while snatching products off the shelves.

    Definitely worth it.

  •  My question is - who validates the data? (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, FiredUpInCA

    It is nice to have a number, but how accurate is it?

  •  For iStuff only, others try Buycott. (4+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, RoIn, Catte Nappe, tarminian

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 01:11:40 PM PDT

    •  Thank you enhydra lutris (1+ / 0-)
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      enhydra lutris

      I updated the diary accordingly. Thank you for mentioning BuyCott.

      "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

      by FiredUpInCA on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 01:51:07 PM PDT

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  •  I have been waiting for this. (1+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA

    Good.

    Higher Ground! That's what we deserve. And that's what we demand! -Rev. Barber

    by sfinx on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 01:44:18 PM PDT

  •  good stuff for people who want to avoid (1+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA

    providing unnecessary support for republicans.

  •  Whatever happened to BuyBlue? (2+ / 0-)
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    Metric Only, FiredUpInCA

    That was the very useful website that came into being after the 2004 election when Democrats had finally had a bellyful of supporting businesses that give money to Rethugs.

    I have never stopped boycotting some of these companies (Hallmark Cards, for example, was 100% on the Republican side)

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 03:18:14 PM PDT

    •  Wikipedia excerpt about BuyBlue (0+ / 0-)
      As of April 23, 2007, the website was shut down, and the following message was posted at the site:

         

      Thanks for your support!

          The BuyBlue team would like to thank you for all of your support over the past 2 years, unfortunately we are shutting our virtual doors. We hope that we've been able to educate consumers and inspire people to take action and vote with their wallets. Maybe another group will take up this charge in the future, but for now we can no longer do so. Just because we won't be online any more does not mean that the information we provided cannot be found any longer. You'll want to keep the following information sources in mind. Also, BuyBlue Colorado, an independent organization, will continue to remain operational.

      This message was also followed by the statement that BuyBlue's data had been donated to the organization Advomatic.

      On September 6, 2007, the site carried a message stating that 'BuyBlue 2.0' would be coming that fall, with the guide returning in a "more partisan and focused" form.

      The site currently (March 4, 2010) displays a banner by Advomatic with the organization's slogan and a message stating that it is undergoing scheduled maintenance.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

      by FiredUpInCA on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 09:36:30 PM PDT

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  •  I know the Koch Bros manufacture my toilet paper (1+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA

    ... Gives me an extra-productive feeling while sitting on the throne.

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