Do Your Purchases Fund Liberal Causes? A New App Lets You Find Out

A new mobile application wants to give consumers access to information about the political contributions made by the companies they patronize.

The free app, called 2nd Vote, is designed to combat the growing influence of corporate money in politics by “developing the most complete database that makes it easy for conservatives to follow the money and see how the companies you shop with every day are spending the money you spend with them,” according to its website.

The database rates companies based on corporate donations; sponsorship of political events; stated policies; “corporate leadership donations, activity, and advocacy”; and lobbying activities at the state and federal levels. Each company then receives a rating between one and five, with “1″ being liberal and “5″ being conservative (“3″, as one might suppose, indicates a politically neutral company).

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