I’ve been thinking about the link between fashion and politics since reading about people boycotting Target because of campaign contributions by the company to candidates in Minnesota who oppose same-sex marriage.
The incident made me realize that I don’t really know a lot about the companies I buy from. I’ve never thought about whether the $50 I pay for a dress has some greater effect on political funding. Then I stumbled upon this chart at OpenSecrets.org, Center for Responsive Politics, and was really wowed by the political leanings of clothing companies.
I’m not sure yet what this information means to me. I’ve always shopped based on my likes, value and need. I’m not sure I want to mesh my politics into my everyday shopping. But then I wonder if voting with my pocketbook and caring more about campaign contributions, especially now that companies and unions can give more, would have more effect than I think? It’s definitely something to think about.