A PAC or Political Action Committee is a fund collected by a company or organization specifically for the purpose of having monetary influence on campaigns. Although much has been said about the influence of Labor Union PACs not much is said about the fact that many corporations, including utility companies and other types of monopoly business have such PACs and influence campaigns.
Opensecrets.org has a list of the top 20 PACS and who they contribute to. Pumping millions of dollars into elections they certainly have some influence. Do you know who the companies you patron support politically? Could these companies be working against your best interests? Are you supporting this cause with your money?
The idea of mindful consumerism is to think about where the money spent in the market place goes. In a way we all vote with our dollars. Every day, whether we purchase organic, domestic, local, or whether we support a company that is considered a good community parter is important. Boycotts can be powerful if the company realizes what the boycott is about. If we want change it is important to mindfully consume.
On the other hand if you find a PAC that states your case with the government a person may want to contribute to such a PAC in order to have their contributions go farther and have a stronger collective voice with elected officials.
Now more than ever, it seems even more vital to know the political and financial intentions of the businesses we frequent. This can take some research however with websites like Opensecrets.org and Sunlight Foundation.com more of this information has become easier to uncover for the average citizen/voter/consumer. However it is up to such Civil Citizens to take on the task and do the homework to be mindful of what beast they may be feeding with their hard earned cash.