New Edition of The Blue Pages Means You'll Never Shop the Same Way Again

For Immediate Release

Center for Responsive Politics
Contact: 

Dave Levinthal (CRP), 202-354-0111; Darcy Cohan (The Blue Pages), 415-339-4111

New Edition of The Blue Pages Means You'll Never Shop the Same Way Again

WASHINGTON - A new
book
detailing the political contributions and practices of
nearly 5,000 companies goes on sale today, providing consumers with
a powerful tool in helping them vote with their
wallets.

The
Blue Pages: A Directory of Companies Rated by Their Politics and
Practices
, written by Angie Crouse and the Center for Responsive Politics
(PoliPointPress, November 2, 2009), is the second edition of this
best-selling pocket directory. The Center for Responsive Politics
provided the data used throughout the
book.

In it, businesses are organized alphabetically into 13
sectors covering cars, clothes, computers, insurance, financial,
food and beverage, health and beauty, home and garden, media and
entertainment, telecommunications and Internet, and travel and
leisure.

Each entry describes unique features of companies'
business practices that may include charitable causes, social
programs, labor practices, domestic partner and child-care benefits,
nondiscrimination policies and treatment of disabled employees. It
also explains whether a company contributes more money to
Republicans or Democrats, and how
much.

New to The Blue Pages, Second Edition is the
reporting of federal lobbying expenditures, which in 2008 totaled
$3.3 billion. Additionally, the new edition expands listings with
environmental policies and practices of the companies tracked. Each
sector overview opens with commentary from an expert in the
field.

Brimming with current and often surprising
information, The Blue Pages will educate consumers of all
political leaning. Here's just a sample of the information found in
The Blue Pages, Second
Edition
:

  • AT&T - Total contributions to
    Republican Party: $2,875,123; Total contributions to Democratic
    Party: $2,531,482; Lobby Spending:
    $32,214,784;
  • ExxonMobil - Total contributions to
    Republican Party: $1,085,223; Total contributions to Democratic
    Party: $333,799; Lobby Spending:
    $45,940,000;
  • Google - Total contributions to
    Republican Party: $326,323; Total contributions to Democratic Party:
    $1,503,549; Lobbying Spending:
    $4,360,000;
  • Pfizer - Total contributions to
    Republican Party: $1,048,363; Total contributions to Democratic
    Party: $1,115,048; Lobby Spending:
    $26,410,000;
  • Starbucks - Total contributions to
    Republican Party: $10,392; Total contributions to Democratic Party:
    $139,894; Lobby Spending:
    $1,028,000;
  • Wal-Mart Stores - Total
    contributions to Republican Party: $922,498; Total contributions to
    Democratic Party: $741,228; Lobby Spending:
    $10,590,000.

The ideal gift for the political junkie or any
conscientious shopper, The Blue Pages is slim and portable,
and slips into a backpack, glove compartment or purse. This useful
resource allows consumers to make more informed decisions by
following corporate spending and policies, thus staying true to
their political views when spending their money.

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