Thursday, September 21, 2006

Beware "Working Assets"

A recent advertising flyer I read touted the opportunity to get a free LG125 cell phone with Sprint Network service. This was a deal connected with a charitable program called Working Assets. In this program, 1% of your phone charges goes to 50 of what the flyer described as “progressive” non-profit groups.

Among those "progressive" recipients? Greenpeace, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Doctors Without Borders, the Center for Reproductive Rights, American Library Association, the ACLU, the Global Fund for Women, and Planned Parenthood.

In this case, "progressive" must mean the same thing as when a doctor informs you that your cancer has become "progressive." Yikes.

So, pass the word, Working Assets, whatever the financial details of its plan, is an overwhelmingly bad deal.