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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:46 AM

App to tell you if what you are buying is made by Koch

http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2012/06/18/microsoft-programmer-turned-democrat-politician-plans-anti-koch-brothers-smartphone-app/

There’s a good chance billionaire industrialists and liberal whipping boys Charles and David Koch are making money off your weekly shopping cart.

If you’ve ever bought Brawny paper towels, Angel Soft toilet paper or Dixie cups, you’ve contributed cash to Georgia-Pacific, a subsidiary of Koch Industries.

If you’ve purchased a pair of yoga pants containing Lycra or a Stainmaster carpet, you’ve indirectly handed the Kochs your money: Koch Industries bought Invista, the world’s largest fiber and textiles company, in 2004 from DuPont.

You didn’t know that, did you? Neither did Darcy Burner, a Democrat running for Washington state’s 1st Congressional District seat — but once she learned how many household products are manufactured by the conservative billionaires’ companies, she decided to take action.

“Our democracy has been bought and sold by people like the Kochs,” Burner said, citing the Citizens United ruling that allows tax exempt nonprofits like Americans for Prosperity, founded by David Koch, to donate anonymously in unlimited amounts to candidates and causes. “When I’m out talking to voters, they say they want a way to take action.”

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Reply App to tell you if what you are buying is made by Koch (Original post)
Maraya1969 Jun 2012 OP
woodsprite Jun 2012 #1
nxylas Jun 2012 #2
nanabugg Jun 2012 #6
Erose999 Jun 2012 #7
nxylas Jun 2012 #8
JNelson6563 Jun 2012 #3
Brickbat Jun 2012 #4
Iggy Jun 2012 #5
Paula12 Jun 2012 #9

Response to Maraya1969 (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:11 AM

1. Sounds like it's still in the mockup stage.

I want it when it's out!

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:43 AM

2. Meanwhile, you can go to this site

http://americansworking.com/ is a directory of products made in America by unionized workers.

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Response to nxylas (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:21 AM

6. Thanks so much for this info. !!! nt

 

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Response to nxylas (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:58 AM

7. Aren't some Koch products also union though? Best way is to avoid anything with the Georgia Pacific


logo. Mostly paper products.

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Response to Erose999 (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:11 AM

8. It's a start, though

What I'd really like to see is a directory of products made by worker-owned businesses, co-ops etc.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:34 AM

3. Great idea!

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Response to Maraya1969 (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:06 AM

4. Many GP plants are union.

Just a reminder.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:19 AM

5. And?

 

Is there to be a boycott?

If yes, how many people will participate?

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Response to Maraya1969 (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:21 AM

9. Spam deleted by cyberswede (MIR Team)

 

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