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Friday, May 20, 2016

Put your money where your values are

Companies who fund the radical right don’t deserve your business

There are many things we can do to combat the right wing agenda. We can work to advocate truthfulness, avoid television stations that air conservative Super PAC propaganda. We can support candidates facing elections against right-wing candidates…

And we can boycott companies whose products and services help fund the conservative agenda and their candidates.

For your convenience, here is a list of but a few of those companies we should avoid.

Be sure to share with your family and friends. This is by no means a fully comprehensive list, but it is a good beginning.


RUPERT MURDOCK’s NewsCorp

RUPERT MURDOCH’s News Corp is one of the worst offenders spouting out the conservative message pretty much 24/7. Turn ’em off.  This means any of the Fox News and Fox Network stations.
This also includes avoiding movies produced by 21st Century Fox as well as the following print and online publications:

THE KOCH BROTHERS AND KOCH INDUSTRIES

With over 100,000 employees worldwide in 60 countries, the Koch Brothers are some of the biggest players in the conservative movement.


Flint Hills Resources, LLC, which operates oil refineries in Alaska, Minnesota and Texas – producing more than 800 barrels of crude oil per day and more than 800 million gallons of ethanol per year.
Georgia-Pacific LLC, a “forest products manufacturer best known for its household paper products, including Quilted Northern tissue, Brawny paper towels and Dixie cups. In addition to these products, Georgia-Pacific manufactures pulp and cellulose products, building materials, packaging materials and printer paper.

Invista, “a chemical, polymer and fiber manufacturer. It produces a variety of well-known branded materials found in apparel and household products, including Lycra fiber, Coolmax fabric, Cordura fabric, Thermolite fabric and Stainmaster carpeting.”

Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. – a huge supporter of the Keystone Pipeline,  “Koch Pipeline Company operates approximately 4,000 miles of pipeline in six U.S. states, including nearly a dozen pipeline systems transporting crude oil, natural gas liquids, refined petroleum products and chemicals.”

Specific products and companies to avoid include:
  • ADI-Pure ®
  • Antron ®
  • Brawny brand paper towels and other products;
  • Chemical products including: •Sure Sol ® products
  • Comforel® fiberfill
  • CoolMax ®
  • Cordura ® fabric
  • DACRON ®
  • DBE ® dibasic esters
  • Delica ®
  • Demak’Up ®
  • Dixie® Brand cups plates, and other products;
  • European brands: •Colhogar ®
  • Georgia-Pacific lumber and paper products;
  • Inversoft ®
  • Kitten Soft ®
  • Koch Agricultural – Operates cattle ranches
  • Koch Fertilizers
  • Lotus ®
  • Man-made fabrics and fibers including: •LYCRA ®
  • Mardi Gras brand paper goods;
  • Matador Ranch – Hunting ranch.
  • Moltonel ®
  • Northern brand toilet paper;
  • Nouvelle ®
  • Okay
  • Oxyclear ™
  • Performa ®
  • Polarguard ®
  • Polyclear ®
  • Polyshield ®
  • Soft-n-Gentle® brand toilet paper;
  • SolarMax ®
  • Somerelle ® Bedding
  • Sparkle brand paper goods;
  • Sparkle brand paper napkins;
  • Stainmaster® carpet and fabric care products;
  • Supplex ® Fabric
  • Tactel®
  • Tactesse ® Carpet Fibers
  • Tenderly ®
  • Terathane
  • Thermolite ®
  • Tutto ®
  • Vanity Fair brand paper napkins;
  • Zee brand paper goods

THE DeVOS FAMILY

As Forbes reports, “few billionaires have a more established place in conservative America than the DeVos clan.”
Richard M. DeVos is the co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway and owner of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. “He and his wife are regular donors to the Republican Party. The couple’s foundation gives out millions each year, focusing on Christian and conservative organizations such as Focus on the Family and the American Enterprise Institute.”

DeVos companies and products to consider boycotting include:
  • AMWAY products (much of which are made in China) including: Nutrilite ®
  • Artistry make-up and skin care products
  • Body Series personal products
  • DITTO Delivery
  • eSpring laundry and cleaning products
  • Fulton Street Market products
  • Glister oral care products
  • Hi-Gear automotive products
  • iCook
  • Legacy of Clean
  • Miss America make-up and skin care products
  • NUTRIPET ® products
  • Nutriplant agricultural products;
  • Perfect Empowered drinking water
  • Personal Accents ® scents
  • Satinique bath products
  • The Creme LuXury Collection make-up and skin care products
  • The NBA ® Orlando Magic
  • Trend Collection make-up and skin care products
  • XLP automotive products
  • XS energy drinks

 Samuel Warde is a writer, social and political activist, and all-around troublemaker.