February 24, 2003

the washington post reported friday that about 46 percent of duct tape in america is manufactured and sold by an Avon, Ohio-based company that gave more than $100,000 to the RNC and other GOP concerns during the last election cycle. Why would the Post name the CEO in the article but not the company?

the company is actually part of the German conglomerate, Henkel KGaA, based in Düsseldorf, Germany. The immediate entity, which manufactures the, as they call it, "duck tape," is not publicly traded, but as the website points out, shares in the ultimate parent company are. so, by buying "duck" tape (which everyone not affiliated with the government has indicated will do nothing in the case of the various types of attacks its said to protect one from) from the company, not only are you reimbursing the company for its donations to the GOP, you are helping grow the German economy.

however, the companys founder and former CEO -- he handed the reigns over to his son a few years back, "loves to read, and often turns to a favorite book for inspiration and enlightenment." if interested, his list of favorites is here.


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