This popped in my Google News Alerts this morning:
IPA Charities is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation dedicated to the quest of improving communities and people’s lives around the world. International Profit Associates, Inc. (IPA-IBA), the largest privately held management consulting and professional services firm for small and medium size businesses in North America, is a leading authority on small business.
I checked out their web site. They graciously have provided a searchable database of their customer businesses. If you click on advanced search you can search by city and state as well as by industry and customer name. There is also a comprehensive, A-Z list of all 1500+ of their customers.
How convenient. I plan to check this list for companies I’ve patronized in the past or may in the future, inform them of IPA’s contribution to the Brady Campaign and let them know that I will not be doing business with them as long as they are associated with IPA. I would urge all gun owners to do the same.
I’ll also look over the list for any IPA customers that may be of particular interest to gun owners. I’ll post a list after my look-see is complete.
I’ve already contacted IPA to inform them of this action.
Here’s the e-mail I sent to them:
To Whom it May Concern,
According to a recent press release (http://www.pr.com/press-release/106506) your affiliated charitable organization, IPA Charities, has chosen to contribute $3,000 to the Brady Campaign.
As one of the approximately 80 million law abiding gun owners in this country, It interests me that you would support the Brady Campaign and would advertise it in a press release as if it were an accomplishment. Based upon your financial support of this organization, I must assume that you support both their goals (the rendering of law abiding citizens as defenseless wards of the state) and their methods (misleading, misdirection, use of inaccurate language to confuse the issues, smear campaigns, vitriol, etc).
Since that is the case, I am very grateful that you announced your bigotry publicly. I commend you for your honesty, if not your judgment. I am also grateful to you for providing such a handy list of your customers on your web site. That will make the decision making process much easier when choosing companies with which to do business (or, more accurately, the businesses with which to choose NOT to do business) in the future. And, of course, I will be sure to contact those businesses to explain exactly why I won’t be utilizing their services.