Cell phone company using Bachmann as incentive to switch

WASHINGTON — A liberal cell phone provider is hoping to put the fear of Michele Bachmann into AT&T users in an effort to get them to switch services.

CREDO Mobile is an Atlanta-based cell phone provider with a decided progressive lean (backing that up by printing bills with soy-based ink on recycled paper, offer solar-powered phone chargers and include calls to action with account statements). Portions of users’ payments for CREDO’s mobile, long distance phone and credit card services are donated to “nonprofit organizations working for progressive change,” CREDO notes on its website.

And today, CREDO will send a message to subscribers of the also-liberal news service Mother Jones, media watchdog Media Bistro notes.

Mother Jones subscribers will be getting a pushy message in their inboxes today. “Mother Jones thought you might be interested in this message from CREDO Mobile,” the e-mail says.

That message from Mother Jones and CREDO is clear – if you sign up for AT&T, you’re writing a campaign check to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). AT&T, they say, has given Bachmann $17,000, including $5,000 in this current election cycle. “That’s a lot of money for someone who described President Obama as “anti-American,” the e-mail ad states.

Not persuasive enough? They move on to the lighter topics of gay marriage and abortion.


But you have a choice, CREDO insists. Of course, the only “right” choice is to make the switch to CREDO Mobile and sign up for one of their phone plans.

Don’t know if it will work, but they’re giving it the old college try.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/03/2010 - 11:37 am.

    I’m going to switch to CREDO, then switch back in a fit of outrage…someone notify the UpTake!

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/03/2010 - 08:45 pm.

    This reminds me of the merchants who put political lawn signs in their store windows. You know they didn’t go to bidness school regardless which side they support.

  3. Submitted by Susan Peterson on 08/03/2010 - 09:24 pm.

    @Dennis Tester: One could say the same for Target CEO Steinhafel…you’ve just agreed with the liberals’ point. Thank you.

  4. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/04/2010 - 07:33 am.

    Well, except Target gives to both sides and in fact more to the liberal side, so it’s not the same. If the merchant had signs from both candidates in the shop window it would be better for bidness than having only one, since he isn’t showing favoritism.

    But the liberals would still boycott his shop, so maybe there is a similarity to the Targte thing after all.

  5. Submitted by Lora Jones on 08/05/2010 - 09:10 am.

    @Tester. There’s a HUGE difference — this money is directly from Target Corporation with Corporate funds unlimited by the cap you and I as individuals have on our political giving, should we be inclined to fling such money around. Yes, Target’s PAC (supported by employee contributions) DOES give to Dems and Cons and causes, but its donations, in total, are STILL less than the Corporation gave MN Backwards.

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