WASHINGTON, September 26, 2023 – OpenSecrets is excited to announce our new partnership with Consciously, a browser extension that, starting today, instantly shares a company’s political giving status while consumers shop on Amazon.
When we vote, we have the power to make our voices heard. But political donations also speak loudly and carry great influence in our politics. A record 58% of Americans, from both parties, believe our system of government doesn’t work, suggesting most Americans feel disenfranchised and disconnected.
“Our partnership with Consciously answers the call of Americans who are hungry for information about corporate political spending,” says Sarah Bryner, Director of Research and Strategy at OpenSecrets.
“Through OpenSecrets’ partnership with Consciously and the incorporation of OpenSecrets’ best-in-class data into the Consciously tool, more Americans will be able to draw connections between political giving and their own consumer decisions.”
How it works:
Add Consciously to your browser for free, and choose your preferred political party. When viewing a product on Amazon, Consciously will pop up and show which political party, if any, that company has contributed the most money toward based on OpenSecrets’ unparalleled state and federal data and analyses.
- Donkey and elephant icons showcase which political party a company has donated the most federal money to over the last six years.
- Links to OpenSecrets corporate donation pages, featuring information on companies with PACs that have contributed to federal political parties, candidates and organizations over the last six years through publicly available campaign finance reports.
- Product alternatives based on shoppers’ chosen party from a database of over 2.5 million products.
And this is just the beginning. We look forward to providing more political finance data in the future to help consumers educate themselves on corporate political giving.
“Political engagement is now driven by technology,” said Consciously CEO Kim Pieper. “ We are excited to give Americans a new avenue to quickly and easily access political giving information.”
Now you don’t have to wait until Election Day, you can make your voice heard every time you shop. You can get Consciously here.
Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, OpenSecrets is the nation’s premier research group tracking and reporting on money in U.S. politics and its impact on elections and public policy. Created in 2021 by the merger of the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in Politics, OpenSecrets’ mission is to track the flow of money in American politics and provide the data and analysis to strengthen democracy. Our vision is for Americans to use this knowledge to create a more vibrant, representative and accountable democracy.
Consciously, a public benefits corporation is a free browser extension that’s on a mission to empower consumers with information so that they can make better, more informed shopping decisions. Their free browser extension instantly tells you if a company is helping or hurting the causes you care about when you shop on Amazon. For more information, visit www.consciously.us.