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Saturday, April 23, 2011

... Rarely what they seem

Memo from Left Business Observer News editor Doug Henwood
Edited by Carolyn Bennett

 “If you’ve got an email account and have a reputation as some kind of ‘progressive,’ you’re probably bombarded with offers from CREDO Mobile — often via The Nation and Alternet.

“Their marketing hook is that the big guys — AT&T and Verizon — support the ‘far right’ and CREDO is all crunchy and nice. Except, the CREDO part is not really true.”


“[CREDO] has no network of its own. It uses Sprint’s network, and Sprint is aggressively nonunion. AT&T is unionized (No doubt AT&T would rather not be unionized but it is)

“…That’s not all. Sprint gives plenty of money to Republican candidates.

“Sprint’s 45 percent of contributions is not much different from AT&T’s 55 percent or Verizon’s 50 percent. In the 2010 cycle — Ref. OpenSecrets’ ‘Sprint Nextel Contributions to Federal Candidates’— Sprint gave

Forty-six (46) percent of its contributions to Republicans

Among the recipients, “such 'progressive' stalwarts as John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Dan Coats, David Vitter;

Jim DeMint, one of the most right-wing members of the Senate;

John Cornyn, who once excused the murder of judges as an understandable reaction to odious decisions including rulings concerning abortion;

Joe Lieberman;

Joe Barton, who apologized to BP after the spill for the White House’s ‘shakedown’ of the company and who thinks global warming is a good thing.

“CREDO claims that it doesn’t fund anti-environment politicians or those who oppose a woman’s right to choose or those who are pro-war. That may be true in a legalistic sense, but Sprint does.

“Using CREDO is using Sprint.

“You can’t shop your way to a better world.…”  

Sources and notes
“Non CREDO,” April 22, 2011, http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/LboNewsFromDougHenwood/~3/MR7Ol3dKTP0/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

Doug Henwood edits LBO, a newsletter he founded in 1986, He also hosts Behind the News, a weekly radio show covering economics and politics on KPFA, Berkeley. Behind the News is rebroadcast on several other stations across the U.S., and has a worldwide audience via its Internet archive. His book Wall Street is now available for free download here, http://lbo-news.com/about/

Q. What happened to Working Assets?  A. “Our parent company is still Working Assets. We’ve renamed our services to better convey the belief that drives our business: Working Assets Wireless is now CREDO Mobile and Working Assets Long Distance is now CREDO Long Distance. … Sprint is the network provider only; your service is handled exclusively by CREDO. Sprint is a trademark of Sprint Nextel.” http://www.workingassets.com/FAQs.aspx


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1 comment:

  1. Perhaps worth noting that Working Assets credit cards are BofA.