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'BuyPartisan:' Free New App Available

If you're interested in "voting with your wallet" or simply interested in knowing about the political leanings of the company that produces the grocery products you buy, you may be interested in this new app available for smartphones.

The app, BuyPartisan, is a free product that reveals where a product's company gives its political contributions just by scanning the bar code on the product.

The app was developed by Matt Colbert, a former congressional staffer, from publicly available data compiled by non-profit groups the Sunlight Foundation, the Center for Responsive Politics and the Institute for State Money in Politics.

BuyPartisan's iPhone app download can be accessed here . This app has a Facebook page .

A different, but perhaps just as useful, way to use this app would be to glean information for potential investments based on what is revealed. I'll have to admit -- I didn't think of this use myself, but a friend who buys and trades on the stock market advised me that's part of how he would use what he learns from BuyPartisan.

Resources: www.billmoyers.com "Do You Know Which Politicians Benefit From Your Grocery Dollars?"

www.cbsnews.com "BuyPartisan App Scans Barcodes and Shows Political Contributions of Company"


Image Credit » Matt MacGillivray CC-BY-2.0 via Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/qmnonic/218410335/in/photolist

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MegL wrote on September 3, 2014, 1:01 PM

Interesting, I hadn't realised anything like this was available. Must c t r y it, thanks. emoticon :smile:

Feisty56 wrote on September 3, 2014, 3:50 PM

That settles that. : )

Feisty56 wrote on September 3, 2014, 3:51 PM

I believe it's a fairly recent arrival.

LoudMan wrote on September 3, 2014, 5:55 PM

Everything sold n Wally World just comes up "The People's Republic of China."

Ellis wrote on September 3, 2014, 7:43 PM

I think most of our money ends up there anyway

BarbRad wrote on September 4, 2014, 12:21 PM

I think I'd prefer not to know. I already know that the two stores I shop in the most probably contribute to causes I wouldn't, and I'm sure the same could be said for the online store I patronize the most. I think this is a case of cutting off your nose to spite your face. You probably hurt yourself more than the companies you don't want to support. Will you go without water, power, and internet service for political reasons? If it's only a matter of choosing one brand of soap over another, maybe it might be useful, if I had a smart phone, which I don't. But most of the things we need and use don't have many brand choices that support our political views.

Feisty56 wrote on September 4, 2014, 6:41 PM

Another reason to avoid Wally World

Feisty56 wrote on September 4, 2014, 6:42 PM

The country owes China like a ka-zillion dollars, right?

Ellis wrote on September 4, 2014, 6:47 PM

China is buying up all Americas debt..

Feisty56 wrote on September 4, 2014, 6:51 PM

I think I'd like to know the information, but like you, I'm not sure that knowing it and being able to have any real buying power to affect a change is a probably outcome.

AliCanary wrote on September 7, 2014, 8:57 AM

Well, hmmm. I have mixed feelings about this. My very first thought was, "Oh, great; something that divides us even more," but then I thought it's actually a good idea! After all, I've been making choices not to give my business to companies that do environmental damage without trying to fix it (unlike BP, who clearly felt bad about the gulf oil spill and readily paid for clean-up, Exxon fought the decision over the Valdez debacle--at which they were far more clearly at fault--instead of accepting blame, paying the money which they could certainly afford, and showing some damn integrity, so guess where I don't buy gas?) or have excluded or spoken against people for being gay (Chik-fil-A, Barilla pasta), and I try to buy cruelty-free products. This is more info that I could use, and it's always nice to have info.

AliCanary wrote on September 7, 2014, 9:07 AM

I don't know why people keep believing this very untrue fact. China owns less than 10% of US debt. By far the largest owner of the United States debt is...the United States.

AliCanary wrote on September 7, 2014, 9:08 AM

lol, I meant to put "fact" in quote marks, because it clearly ISN'T. :)

k_mccormick2 wrote on October 20, 2014, 12:22 AM

I didn't even know this app existed. I am not sure that I would be able to access this app as I am in Canada. I think the government up here gets a cut from everything but don't quote me on it.