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(33,497 posts)
Thu Aug 9, 2012, 09:15 AM Aug 2012

Fertilizer Company Goes Public with Romney Support

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, "familiar as the producer of a ubiquitous plant fertilizer, is now a political player, donating $200,000 in June to the Restore Our Future super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney," the Washington Post reports.

"That makes Miracle-Gro among the first public companies with well-known consumer brands to publicly enter the new world of campaign funding. That world has been reshaped by the 2010 Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed direct corporate spending on election campaigns."


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Fertilizer Company Goes Public with Romney Support (Original Post) WI_DEM Aug 2012 OP
Chicken manure IDemo Aug 2012 #1
One more to add to my "do not buy - political" list.... Scuba Aug 2012 #2
Ditto malaise Aug 2012 #7
On my do not buy list. warrior1 Aug 2012 #3
maybe they can help him grow a personality. nt Viva_La_Revolution Aug 2012 #4
Just went to their website and let them know I will not purchase their products MattBaggins Aug 2012 #5
I just did the same thing. Le Taz Hot Aug 2012 #10
Thank you supreme court. mucifer Aug 2012 #6
Well, damnit! Le Taz Hot Aug 2012 #8
Meh, I don't use Miracle Gro anyway. It's crack for plants. I use manure and other compost. TwilightGardener Aug 2012 #9
The one and only time I ever tried Le Taz Hot Aug 2012 #11
There are organic fertilizers that come in granules, etc. that I've used. I don't know if any come TwilightGardener Aug 2012 #13
So, you use Romney's platform? nichomachus Aug 2012 #24
Just "gave 'em some love" ... 99Forever Aug 2012 #12
Emailed and officially on my shit list. denverbill Aug 2012 #14
k&r for boycott! ananda Aug 2012 #15
Good to know. I use their potting mix for my patio pots. I won't any longer. myrna minx Aug 2012 #16
shit for romney spanone Aug 2012 #17
Another company.. sendero Aug 2012 #18
Does no one remember this? Chiyo-chichi Aug 2012 #19
Exactly why we should buy ANY of their products. Or their glinda Aug 2012 #21
And here's a list of their brands: Chiyo-chichi Aug 2012 #22
well..it is kinda a mutual beneficial relationship for both canuckledragger Aug 2012 #20
I wonder if it was and "in kind" contribution...n/t Blue Meany Aug 2012 #23


(53,475 posts)
2. One more to add to my "do not buy - political" list....
Thu Aug 9, 2012, 09:18 AM
Aug 2012

Makes sense, though. Mitt's been in the manure biz for a while.

Le Taz Hot

(22,271 posts)
10. I just did the same thing.
Thu Aug 9, 2012, 09:44 AM
Aug 2012

I'm glad this came out when it did. Next week I plant seeds for the fall/winter garden and I've always purchased MG. I'll look for an alternative.

Le Taz Hot

(22,271 posts)
8. Well, damnit!
Thu Aug 9, 2012, 09:36 AM
Aug 2012

I've used MG for years. Now I'm going to have to find a substitute. Time to go the the Gardening group.


(46,416 posts)
9. Meh, I don't use Miracle Gro anyway. It's crack for plants. I use manure and other compost.
Thu Aug 9, 2012, 09:39 AM
Aug 2012

So it won't be hard to give them the ol' middle finger.

Le Taz Hot

(22,271 posts)
11. The one and only time I ever tried
Thu Aug 9, 2012, 09:47 AM
Aug 2012

manure I ended up with big beautiful plants and not a vegetable on them.

Luckily, I have a compost bin but I'm not sure it will supply all the nutrients the plants need. Isn't there a non-manure substitute for MG?


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13. There are organic fertilizers that come in granules, etc. that I've used. I don't know if any come
Thu Aug 9, 2012, 10:09 AM
Aug 2012

in the fast-acting dissolving foliar-feeding form that MG does, though. I don't use much in the way of fertilizer because I grow ornamentals (not veggies) and I have salty alkaline desert "soil" and thus have to be careful of how much additional salt and chemicals I'm putting down. Obviously, veggies and fruits will require more fertilizer, but there's options besides MG. As they always say, your goal should be to feed and improve the soil, not the plants.


(14,524 posts)
12. Just "gave 'em some love" ...
Thu Aug 9, 2012, 09:55 AM
Aug 2012

.. n their FB page.

As if they are the only option for lawn and garden products. Cripes, the arrogance of stupidity is amazing.


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19. Does no one remember this?
Thu Aug 9, 2012, 10:34 AM
Aug 2012

from Wikipedia:

On January 27, 2012, Scotts Miracle-Gro agreed to plead guilty in federal court and pay $4.5 million in fines for selling 73 million units of bird seed from November 2005 to March 2008 that was coated with pesticide known to be deadly to birds and fish. Pesticides were added to protect the product from insects during storage, notwithstanding that Storcide II, one of the pesticides used, was clearly marked as extremely toxic to birds. Records show that its own experts warned of the risk in the summer and fall of 2007 and yet Scotts continued to sell the deadly product until March 2008. In 2008, Scotts Miracle-Gro also falsified pesticide registration numbers required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on its products.


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22. And here's a list of their brands:
Thu Aug 9, 2012, 10:58 AM
Aug 2012

Scotts Lawn Service
Roundup (exclusive distribution agreement)
Nexa Lotte
Scotts Wild Bird Seed
Morning Song Selection

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