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BeyondThePale Donating Member (895 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:42 AM
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Question: Politics of Lowes and Home Depot...
I seem to remember some discussion previously regarding the political background of the owners of these companies (one was more right wing than the other). Can anyone clarify this?

And yes, I do try to shop at my neighborhood hardware and lawn/garden store whenever possible--but sometimes I am inexplicably drawn to the bright lights of the mega-store.

Thanks
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Alpharetta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:47 AM
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1. Of the two, Lowes is less blatantly Republican
The 2 Home Depot guys are pretty blatant. Nardelli entertains Republican fundraising dinners at his house. Blank is a big donor. Bush likes to make "economic" statements during "candid drop-in" PR visits at Home Depot stores.

Lowes board members give heavily Republican. But give to Dem candidates too.

There's a website somewhere that says how red or blue a company is.

I shop at Lowes. Seldom at Home Depot.
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peace frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:47 AM
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2. Don't know specifically, however...
BuyBlue.org is a good resource to check for "blue-friendly" organizations: http://www.buyblue.org/
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:51 AM
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3. I've seen those big inconsistencies in those "buy blue" websites
They are literally all over the board. One site has a company as solidly blue, another says the same place as solidly red.

I guess I'd only trust the companies that are listed as solidly blue by both the major "buy blue" sites.
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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:51 AM
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4. Go by the color of their logos
nt
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:55 AM
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5. Isn't Tom Ridge the spokesman for Home Depot?
Got duct tape? :D

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Alpharetta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:59 AM
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6. Yeah. Buyblue says they both are NASCAR Bush country corporations
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 07:59 AM by Alpharetta
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:54 AM
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7. A DUer Said Depot "Gives Red but Acts Blue"
based on their Gay-friendly hiring and possibly labor policies.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:04 PM
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8. Their gay-friendlyness was done kicking-and-screaming
Groups raised a big stink when it was learned Home Depot provided health coverage for people's pets, but not their gay partners.

To their credit, it was fixed practically over night.

RetailWire -Gay Groups Not Happy About Home Depot's Pet Insurance
http://www.retailwire.com/Discussions/Sngl_Discussion.c...

And John Ashcroft is on their Board of Directors

Home Depot: Free Your Company From The Homosexual Agenda!
http://www.traditionalvalues.org/modules.php?sid=115

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