If you’ve got an email account and have a rep 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 that the CREDO part isn’t really true. The company has no network of its own—it uses Sprint’s. And Sprint is aggressively nonunion, while AT&T is unionized. (No doubt AT&T would rather not be unionized, but it is.)
But that’s not all. Sprint gives plenty of money to Republican candidates. In the 2010 cycle (Sprint Nextel Contributions to Federal Candidates | OpenSecrets), it gave 46% of its contributions to Republicans, among them 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, among them on 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). Sprint’s 45% isn’t much different from AT&T’s 55% or Verizon’s 50%.
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. And if you’re using CREDO, you’re using Sprint.
You can’t shop your way to a better world. Or move your money, either.