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Is that Company Republican or Democrat?

Leslie Back | Monday September 13th, 2010 | 13 Comments

Every once in a while a website comes along that is so cool, slick, informative and so fun that it demands attention. It is so full of awesome that you Tweet it and Retweet it, Facebook it, chat about it then spend an inordinate number of hours playing on it. My friends, I have found such a site: Good Guide. No, I am not talking about the original site, which, let’s be honest, is pretty great in and of itself. Long heralded Good Guide allows consumers find the most planet and people friendly products, online or via phone applications. But, now, in a new measure of cool, you can use the Good Guide’s interface to determine if the companies you buy from swing to the left or the right, with contributions steering toward the Republican side of things or the Democratic.

Using data from the Center for Responsive Politics, Good Guide puts the information in a nice, easy to use format, complete with fast moving logos. With one click you can view companies that are more Republican (based on their political contributions and affiliations) or see who is of the Democratic persuasion. Republican groups are listed on the right, in the red column, with blue Democratic groups on the left. Based on the data, which is a little dated (2008), we see that Southwest Airlines is enjoying life on the right while Whole Foods is about dead center politically. Tom’s of Maine is, not surprisingly, on the blue and Democratic left, but then again, so are Costco and HBO.

The site also enables users to sort by various categories including industries (tobacco companies showed very little love for the Democrats) and also organizes data by funds donated. For instance, if you sort by “Largest Total Contribution” you might be surprised to find out that the #1 contributor of those listed is AT&T, with a slight preference for Republicans. You can roll over company logos to see the exact breakdown of contributions. AT&T donated about $3.5 million to Democrats and approximately $5.6 million to Republicans per the Good Guide site. All of those donations were through the company’s political action committees.

Those who want to take voting with the wallet to the next level can host the Good Guide’s Company Political Contribution site on their own website or blog or link over to the original Good Guide site to further explore company performance (if applicable-not all companies on the political site are listed on the Good Guide’s product site).

The Good Guide corporate contributions site is full of cool, but it is a starting point only. Ideally, it will be a conversation starter that sparks enough interest to encourage consumers to further investigate the political leanings, environmental impacts, and social contributions of the companies they buy from. Action by informed consumers is the most immediate way to ensure the responsibility of business.


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  • Dave MC

    I”m glad there is no implication that “rep” or “dem” is either “good or bad”. The thing that many people don’t’ understand is that most of these political contributions have absolutely NOTHING to do with social values – they are 100% about taxes and favors. In that regard the Republicans tend to be the ones to cut taxes and the Democrats tend to be the ones you can bribe for favors. It’s really as simple as that, so I wouldn’t look too far into this as something very useful for values based decisions!

    Just my two cents.

    • Lschck

      republicans are bad, not bad evil these republican companies have to be boycotted, as I choose to do.

      • Piper

        Republicans ARE NOT bad or evil.  You are confused and addressing Conservatives/Republicans as “bad” is disrespectful.

        Bottom line, enough with the hate, brotha’.

        • venidere

          F U. Republicans are evil to us, democrats. Live with it! And you are just a few generations away from being a minority so the hate will soon be coming your way like a flood. YOU ARE A SCOURGE.

        • corey

          Please explain to us how Republicans are evil? The Republican party is far from being a minority party, if it wasn’t for them we’d be living in a failing welfare state along with the rest of Europe. It’s all about balance, and that’s what our Democratic system encourages.

        • muduck

          I am going to boycott every Democratic business I can,my family and all my friends.

  • Claire Thomas

    I don’t care about Republican or Democrat. I would like to see which companies are socially and environmentally responsible. It is a good idea and hopefully it will be expanded.

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  • Dee

    This is good information in that some of us want to support those companies that still believe in America and its Constitution. I’m sure it’s difficult to confirm this information from many, who don’t want to risk losing any sales due to their ideology.

  • Sue

    Too bad the time period ends in mid 2008. Not very useful with 4 year old info.

  • joeyblueyes

    BOYCOTT ANY COMPANY THAT DONATES TO OBITLA’S 4TH REICH, THEY WANT TO TURN AMERICA FROM WINNING FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS WITH A GREAT CAPITALIST WAY OF LIFE, TO A DESPICABLE  SOCIALIST WAY OF LIFE i.e. GREECE, SPAIN, PORTUGAL, ITALY.  O’MAO HAS LED THIS COUNTRY ALMOST TO RUINATION, WITH HIS SOCIALIST/ COMMUNIST AGENDA!! COME NOVEMBER WE MUST VOTE THIS LOUT OUT!!

    • venidere

      idiot. your biased sample fails to include successful socialist countries like Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, etc……

      • joeyblueyes

        HEY BIDEN HOLE, WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR FACTS, ON THE BOTTOM OF A CRACKER JACKS BOX. YOU 2 BIT NAZZZZI

  • Richard Ward

    Go to Richard Ward on You Tube, “I callem like I see em”. It’s about our first LADY/Female President and her Lover…..pass it on and remember this is just the recording, the mixed and mastered piece will post in about 10 days. Laptop with earplugs is best. misipitrik@yahoo.com You will also find there “Splendid Behavior” my Eulogy for the Greatest Generation using Branch Rickey, Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson as the Cipher, published by the Dodgers.