..."As a direct result of the commitment, action and prayers of pro-family people, at least 130 corporations have stopped funding Planned Parenthood," said LDI President Douglas R. Scott, Jr. It is estimated that the boycott has cost Planned Parenthood more than $35 million since the Corporate Funding Project (CFP) began nearly 15 years ago. "This should be a testament to those who believe it is impossible to change corporate philanthropic behavior," Scott said.
Corporations appearing on The Boycott List for the first time include retail giant Wal-Mart, Basics Office Products, CHUM (broadcasting), Daily Grind (beverage-related items, primarily coffee), George Weston (supermarkets including Loblaws, & baked goods including Arnie's Bagels, Interbake Foods, Maplehurst, Neilson Dairy, President's Choice brand, & Weston Foods), Kees (manufacturing), Torstar (publisher of Harlequin romance novels & several newspapers), and Willis Stein & Partners (publisher of several magazines; maker of snack foods such as Fiddle Faddle, Poppycock, Jays products, Krunchers!, & O-KE-DOKE; operator of supermarkets such as Copps, Pick 'n Save, & Roundy's; & owner of book, DVD & CD supplier Baker & Taylor, etc.), among others.
Scott noted that several Canadian-based corporations are new to The Boycott List, but most do business in the United States as well. If Scott had to pick one corporation that he believes deserves the most attention it would one such company. "Officials at Basics Office Products demonstrated their anti-Christian bigotry time and time again during our discussions with them," Scott said. "If any company deserves to be picketed and highlighted, it would be Basics Office Products." LDI will print several quotations from the corporation's leaders in the July-August 2006 edition of their newsletter, The Caleb Report.
Corporations continuing as boycott targets from the previously released Boycott List include high-end retailer Neiman Marcus, Adobe (software), Wachovia, Altria (Phillip Morris, Nabisco, Kraft, Post cereals, etc.), Golub (Price Chopper supermarkets), Nike, Time Warner (Cinemax, HBO, AOL, CompuServe, Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes, Warner Bros., magazines such as Entertainment Weekly, Field & Stream, Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated, Teen People, etc.), Unilever (Q-Tips, Lipton, Best Foods, Birds Eye, CountryCrock, Wish-Bone, Ben & Jerry's, Breyers, Good Humor, Axe, Finesse, Salon Selectives, Suave, etc.), Bank of America, the Dallas Cowboys, CIGNA (insurance), Walt Disney, Cost Plus World Market, Johnson & Johnson, Lost Arrow (Patagonia, etc.), Wells Fargo, Whole Foods Market, and Nationwide (insurance), among others.
The new Boycott List will include a revised "Dishonorable Mention" section, which identifies charitable groups that are associated with Planned Parenthood and/or its agenda. Among the groups named in this section are The American Cancer Society, Camp Fire, The Dr. Phil Foundation, Girls Inc., Kiwanis Clubs, Girl Scouts, Rotary Clubs, the March of Dimes, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the YWCA...