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Devin D. Thorpe

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Progressive Phone Company Donates $183,990 to Increase Minimum Wage, Stop Keystone XL and Defend Voting Rights

San Francisco, CA – CREDO, America’s only progressive phone company, announced today that it is donating a total of $183,990 to three nonprofit groups working on critical policy battles being waged in Congress and in state legislatures across the country.

The three groups, the National Employment Law Project’s Raise the Minimum Wage campaign, Project Vote and Rainforest Action Network were nominated by CREDO members and chosen from among hundreds of nonprofits to receive funding. CREDO members then helped decide how much money each nonprofit received by simply voting online or via phone or text.

Rainforest Action Network received 35 percent, which added up to $65,132 in funding. RAN is a key CREDO partner in organizing the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance where nearly 100,000 people have pledged to risk arrest to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.

“CREDO is a strong environmental champion, always ready to step up to challenge corporate power,” said Lindsey Allen, Rainforest Action Network’s Executive Director.

The National Employment Law Project’s Raise the Minimum Wage campaign received 33 percent, which added up to $61,269 in funding. The National Employment Law Project has played a linchpin role in the movement to raise the minimum wage.

“CREDO is amplifying the voices of millions who work for a living, and deserve to earn a living from work,” said Paul Sonn, NELP General Counsel and Program Director.

Project Vote received 31 percent, which added up to $57,589 in funding. Project Vote works to increase voter participation among low-income, minority, and other underrepresented populations by ensuring they can register, vote, and cast a ballot that counts.

“Project Vote counts on partners like CREDO to help us win the war for voting rights,” said Michael Slater, Executive Director of Project Vote.

Every month, three progressive nonprofits will be eligible for funding through CREDO’s donations program. In just the first four months of 2014, CREDO has already donated nearly $800,000 to progressive nonprofits and will continue to fund groups throughout the year.

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CREDO Mobile, a MVNO based in San Francisco, California, is not your typical cell phone company. Every year, CREDO Mobile donates a percentage of its customers’ monthly charges to progressive nonprofit groups. To date, CREDO has donated more than $76 million to progressive nonprofits such as Electronic Frontier Foundation, Planned Parenthood and Color of Change.

Learn more about CREDO Mobile here: http://www.credomobile.com/mission/Progressive-Social-Change.aspx

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