Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A smart phone app "BuyPartisan" tries to inform retail consumers of a company's employees' politics

Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz have a column on the Washington Post Fed Page (Wednesday, August 13, 2014), “Want to mix politics and shopping? There’s an app for that. The online title starts “Want to stop enriching people whose politics you hate?”  There’s actually a smart phone app, “BuyPartisan,” built by Matthew Colbert, that will tell the consumer which political party the directors and even employees of a company support. The best link I could find for it was here, on iTunes, from "Spend Consciously". 
I don’t know how the app could get much of a read on how employees vote or give.  It’s true that many companies (and particularly labor unions) have PACS that sometimes try to compel partisan behavior, but I’ve always ignored them.   

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