BuyPartisan, literally!


BuyPartisan app logothere's an app for thatEver want to buy something at a supermarket but start having nagging second thoughts about which political party your favorite brand name supports? Guess no more, there's an app for that: BuyPartisan.

BuyPartisan app

Via iTunes:

BuyPartisan works like a nutritional label for your political values. Simply use your phone to scan a product's barcode, or just search by individual company or product, and you can quickly see the political contributions of each company's CEO, Board of Directors, political action committees and employees. Simply put, BuyPartisan empowers.

Here is an image of what you'd see if you checked out Coca Cola:

BuyPartisan app examples

Via the Los Angeles Times:

BuyPartisan, a free smartphone application developed by former Capitol Hill staffer Matthew Colbert, gives users the chance to learn more about the political leanings of the makers of supermarket items. [...]

The process is simple: Users scan a bar code using their phone's camera, and within seconds data are displayed on the screen. A red and blue bar breaks down the percentage of Republican and Democratic support the manufacturer and its employees provided, while a green bar signifies "other." [...]

Still in the testing phase, the app has some glitches that occasionally misread the bar code or match to the wrong company. An Android version is in the works.

So why is this becoming a "thing"? Simple:

"In light of Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby … people have become much more attuned to a company's deeper impact," Colbert said, referring to those companies' corporate support for conservative causes.

Before that whole Hobby Lobby mess happened, it was about who the Koch brothers controlled and/or supported. And way before that... well, the list goes on. I remember, as a tiny kid, my mom refusing to by Welch products because she said they were affiliated with the John Birch Society. Even at that young age, I recall feeling scared of the BoogeyMan Birchers. But I sure missed my grape jelly.

the more things change the more they stay same

Now not only can you can become better informed, but you can vote with your wallet.

  • The_MaD_HaCkER

    "civil rights"...So how is that working out for you?

  • The_MaD_HaCkER

    I kind of take being shot dead personally too!

  • The_MaD_HaCkER

    It has been 2014 Years since Jesus went home and when his father brings up the subject of his return he says "I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK! Last time I went down there those people were mean to me." 😉

  • GottaLaff

    You believe in a god. I don't.

    What Christ stood for is not what many Christians practice.

    Expressing love toward others should be inclusive, not discriminatory.

    The Birchers are/were discriminatory.

    We're done here.

    Now please go preach elsewhere.

  • Michael Beck

    Android has a larger market share than Apple does. Port to Android.

  • Drew Smith

    I wouldn't think GottaLaff's view of the world is like a Nazi view... which is not what you meant either I'm sure MaD_HaCkER; just as I do not view all things, 'all views of the world' as being equal. I do not subscribe to more relativism but rather that there is truth and his name is Jesus; and that those who love him should love him and everyone they meet. Disciples of Christ, slaves of Christ if you will should be just like Jesus - not condemning but being sacrificial in love towards others. I'm not nearly as loving or as patient or as kind or as selfless or as Christ like as I'd like to be - but when I can express my love towards others I do when I can. Today it's not popular to state that acceptance towards everything is not okay - just like in Jesus' time stating that all people are on the same level was not popular. Being a Christian is not easy but Christ's burden is light.

  • The_MaD_HaCkER

    To the Nazi's the Communists were the boogy man. It's all a matter of

  • Drew Smith

    God's word does not oppose anyone's rights as we are all God's Children - all we have is from God - we're simply allowed to be stewards of His things for a time. Maybe we agree on this point? Christ was a truly disruptive positive force - giving pause to people of his day - loving men, women, children, slaves, all people and encouraging all to love their enemies. "Let the little children come unto me." was startling as they were considered even below women. I see no more fair view than through the lens of love of God's word. I understand that communists killed John Birch - how many people did the John Birch's society kill? How fair and just is killing those who oppose you? My focus is on the Christian focus of the Birch Society. God says love one another - not love a certain race (we're only 1 race after all - the human race.) ; therefore "mongrelization" comments are not intelligent but rather missing the mark - or sinful - same thing. I believe that "mongrelization" comment was not from the Birch Society. The focus ought to be on loving each other - building each other up, helping those in need and sharing the love of Christ - not killing each other. People should pull together in support and love - not tearing each other down. Those who profess to be Christians - yet degrade other groups based on any criteria (age, sex, skin color, culture, eye color, length of hair, lack of hair) - they miss the point - God loves us all and we should love one another. I wasn't born until the 70's so I couldn't help those in the 60's better understand God's love - but I can help those I meet today in a caring, patient and loving way - despite their arrows they may throw my way. 😉

  • GottaLaff

    Um, Drew? Does "god's word" include opposing civil rights? Being "highly intelligent" does not equate with being fair and just.

    "On Tuesday, the Center for Media and Democracy released documents showing that mega-donor Charles Koch was a member of the far-right John Birch Society from 1961 to 1968, when the organization's work opposing the civil rights movement was reaching a fever pitch."

    We all know what the John Birch Society stands for.

    Fred not only founded the company now known as Koch Industries, he also was a founding member of the John Birch Society. As a founding board member, Fred helped engineer a hysterical wave of attacks on labor, intellectuals, public education, liberal clergy members, and other pillars of society he viewed as a threat. Birchers decried everyone from former President Eisenhower to water utility administrators as pawns in a global communist conspiracy. In the last two years, as the Koch name has become synonymous with right-wing plutocracy in the United States, the Koch family has played down its relation to the Birchers....

    The Koch-funded Birchers held numerous rallies during the ’60s claiming integration would lead to a “mongrelization” of the races.

  • Drew Smith

    GottaLaff - amazed by what you called BoogyMan Birchers - I didn't know what the John Birch society was until I read your article! They should wonderful to me! I suppose you would be happy to kill patriotic, God loving men then?

    From the John Birch society website About page:
    Put simply, John Birch was a devoted Christian missionary who heroically served in World War II and was killed by Chinese Communists 10 days after the end of the war, when he was only 27. Communists that were supposedly WWII allies with the U.S.

    Birch's parents had been told that he was killed by a stray bullet, but only after accidentally seeing details of his death due to the carelessness of a young military officer. George and Ethel Birch knew that something had gone terribly wrong, and they didn't even know that there had been an official investigation. For five years, Ethel traveled the country grilling those men who served with John, from fellow soldiers to commanding officers.

    Finally, she wrote to California Senator William Knowland who finally was given access to John Birch's file that was marked "Top Secret." He was so moved by what he saw that he gave a speech on the floor of the Senate on September 5, 1950, berating the government for its cover-up, as the result of bringing John Birch's death to light could have led to different relations with China and North Korea.

    Nearly ten years after Birch's death, JBS Founder Robert Welch discovered that the death of Captain John Birch had been covered up after reading Knowland's speech. Welch wrote and had published The Life of John Birch in 1954.

    John Birch was a simple, but highly intelligent man, who worked hard to serve God, spread God's word, and fought for the freedom to do so.

  • GottaLaff

    My pleasure,.

  • Alex Brant-Zawadzki

    Thanks for the shout-out!