Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Targeting Prop 8 Supporters

Since the November election last year, and the passage of Proposition 8 in California, there have been many news stories of individuals who financially supported Proposition 8 being targeted, and in some cases threatened with boycotts because of their support. While the list of who donated on either side of this issue is a matter of public record, the use of this information to target supporters of Proposition 8 seems antithetical to allowing the political process to function unencumbered from harassment.

A web site now exists which provides a Google map "mashup" with the data of who donated in support of Proposition 8. With the functionality of Google maps, one can pick any town and zoom in and find markers indicating the homes of those donated to pass Proposition 8.

TwoMinuteBriefing believes that this is a highly inappropriate use of this data. The creation of donor lists was for the intent of disclosing whether certain corporations or individuals were seeking to unduly influence the political process through their donations. The creation of donor lists was NOT done for the intent of allowing either side of an issue to then harass those on the other side of an issue.

TwoMinuteBriefing also found that while the owners of most websites use their names or company name when registering a website, the creators of one specific "mashup" map have hidden their names by registering their website through an anonymizer.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

PepsiCo Helps Support the Gay Agenda

On January 8th, the American Family Foundation set an email to its Action Alert subscribers with the headline, "PepsiCo gives $1,000,000 to help promote the gay agenda.

The American Family Foundation (AFA)notes that in the last two years, Pepsi has given $500,000 to both the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a pro-gay political action group which describe itself as working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equal rights, and to PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

Because PepsiCo is donating to these Gay actions groups is such a significant manner, AFA is calling for a boycott of Pepsi products, including the products of its subsidiaries including Frito-Lay, Quaker Oats, Tropicana, and Gatorade.

AFA's email