I'm a reluctant Verizon Wireless customer. Their coverage is fine, but their smartphones blow.
But my 13-year-relationship with Verizon (nee GTE, nee Bell Atlantic-Nynex Wireless) is about to end. Why? Because they're sponsoring the Friends of America rally on Labor Day, including special guests Sean Hannity and The Nuge.
I'm not sure exactly why an American would also be a Friend of America, but I do know this: the rally's definition of Friend of America is "giant coal mining and coal services companies." And conversely, the Enemy of America is anyone who wants to see the USA burning less coal, for a million great reasons.
The Friends of America rally website promotes a petition against the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill that will be our country's first serious attempt to regulate carbon emissions. That petition is sponsored and hosted by the National Mining Association.
Most of the other sponsors of Friends of America are coal mining and mining services companies. Why is Verizon Wireless rolling with this crowd? I sent them an email, and "Gary the Supervisor" responded as such, in its entirety:
The sponsorship you're concerned about was a local decision to support the community and sell our products at the event. It is not a statement of our policy on any public issue.
Big coal is absolutely terrified of carbon regulation, so they're mobilizing political rallies like this one to kill it. And Verizon thinks they can financially support this (or apparently any) political rally without it being a "statement of our policy."
Well, perhaps Verizon could also financially sponsor Klan rallies, Berkeley anti-Israel rallies, and militia recruiting sessions. Hey, sponsorship doesn't mean support, right?