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Sun Apr 11, 2021, 10:15 PM

CEOs Plan New Push on Voting Legislation

This will be fun to watch



Dozens of chief executives and other senior leaders gathered on Zoom this weekend to plot what several said big businesses should do next about new voting laws under way in Texas and other states.

Kenneth Chenault, the former chief executive of American Express Co. , and Kenneth Frazier, CEO of Merck & Co., urged the leaders to collectively call for greater voting access, according to several people who attended. Messrs. Chenault and Frazier cautioned businesses against dropping the issue and asked CEOs to sign a statement opposing what they view as discriminatory legislation on voting, the people said.

A statement could come early this week, the people said, and would build on one that 72 Black executives signed last month in the wake of changes to Georgiaís voting laws. Mr. Chenault told executives on the call that several leaders had signaled they would sign on, including executives at PepsiCo Inc., PayPal Holdings Inc., T. Rowe Price Group Inc. and Hess Corp. , among others, according to the people. PayPal confirmed it has signed the statement. PepsiCo, T. Rowe Price and Hess didnít immediately respond to requests for comment.

As more companies and their leaders have spoken out on the issue in recent weeks, their stands have drawn the ire of Republican state and federal legislators who say companies are miscasting the matter and shouldnít act as shadow lawmakers. Meanwhile, progressive activists and others who oppose the laws have said that the actions leaders are taking arenít strong enough. Many CEOs now feel a duty, or pressure, to make their views explicitly known to employees and others, executive advisers said.

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 10:17 PM

1. So I guess this is citizens united coming full circle for them, eh?

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Sun Apr 11, 2021, 10:52 PM

2. This good news...now they must follow thru with action

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Sun Apr 11, 2021, 10:59 PM

3. That's nice. Now let's see them stop contributing to the bastards.

"You want money for your campaign? Let me give you the address of a guy in Palm Beach you need to talk to."

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