Wisconsin Democratic State Senator Lena Taylor (Milwaukee) posted an online plea on Tuesday for a boycott of several consumer products manufactured and distributed within Wisconsin.
“Money talks! Why shouldn’t you buy the following: Dixie Cups, Vanity Fair Paper Products, Mardi Gras Napkins, Brawny and Sparkle Paper Towels, Angel Soft and Quilted Northern Toilet Paper...” Taylor wrote on her facebook page. “Your purchase supports destruction of democracy, two words...Koch Brothers. Join the boycott, send this to all of your Facebook Friends.”
Taylor’s ire is directed at products produced by Georgia Pacific.
According to the company’s website, Georgia-Pacific (GP) employs about 2,300 people in Green Bay. Approximately 1,800 employees work at one of four manufacturing facilities and produce and distribute an array of commercial and retail brands of bath tissue, napkins, towels and other paper products.
The Senator’s boycott campaign could have far-reaching impact. Taylor has more than 7,500 friends on the popular social networking site and many of her online friends piled on with supportive comments to her post.
One wrote: “copy and paste this and keep it in your purse. Also remeber georgia pacific.... Watch some of the off brands, dont buy if they are distributed by georgia pacific. copy and paste this and keep it in your purse. Also remeber georgia pacific.... Watch some of the off brands, dont buy if they are distributed by georgia pacific.”
Another submitted this missive: “Find 800-numbers for customer feedback and give them a call to tell them why you’re unhappy with the company and taking the trouble to identify and avoid their products.”
Georgia Pacific traces their roots to the Fort Howard Paper Company which was founded in Green Bay in 1919 by Austin E. Cofrin. Since 2005 the company has been owned by Koch Industries.
In March 2010 the environmental activist organization Greenpeace released a report titled “Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine” in which they concluded, “Koch Industries has become a financial kingpin of climate science denial and clean energy opposition.”
Throughout this year’s liberal protests in Madison surrounding changes in Wisconsin’s public employee labor law Koch Industries has been a target of left-wing ire. The company employs 50,000 people in the United States and is primarily owned by brothers Charles and David Kochs, well-known philanthropists whose conservative ideology and support of conservative causes and political figures is anathema to the American Left.
Senator Taylor’s targeting of this Wisconsin-based companies is merely the latest example of the Left’s hatred of all things Koch.