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Source: Washington Post

More than a hundred corporate executives hold call to discuss halting donations and investments to fight controversial voting bills

By Todd C. Frankel
April 11, 2021 at 12:19 p.m. PDT


More than 100 chief executives and corporate leaders gathered online Saturday to discuss taking new action to combat the controversial state voting bills being considered across the country, including the one recently signed into law in Georgia.

Executives from major airlines, retailers and manufacturers – plus at least one NFL owner – talked about potential ways to show they opposed the controversial legislation, including by halting donations to politicians who support the bills and even delaying investments in states that pass the restrictive measures, according to one of the organizers of the gathering, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a Yale management professor.

The meeting represents an aggressive dialing up of Corporate America’s advocacy against controversial voting measures nationwide, a sign that their opposition to the laws didn’t end with the fight against the measure passed last month in Georgia.

It also came just days after Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned that firms should “stay out of politics” – echoing a view shared by many conservative politicians and setting up potential further conflicts between Republican leaders and the heads of some of America’s largest firms. Earlier this month, former President Trump called for conservatives to boycott Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Citigroup, ViacomCBS, UPS, Major League Baseball and other companies after they opposed a new law in Georgia that critics say will make it more difficult for poorer voters and voters of color to cast ballots.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/04/11/companies-voting-bills-states/

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Reply More than a hundred corporate executives hold call to discuss halting donations and investments to f (Original post)
swag Apr 11 OP
wryter2000 Apr 11 #1
Lunabell Apr 11 #2
nvme Apr 11 #9
Hangingon Apr 11 #10
Lunabell Apr 11 #19
CaptainTruth Apr 12 #29
BumRushDaShow Apr 12 #31
usaf-vet Apr 11 #12
paleotn Apr 11 #14
msfiddlestix Apr 11 #3
Tree Lady Apr 11 #18
machoneman Apr 11 #4
LetMyPeopleVote Apr 11 #5
Cha Apr 11 #6
bucolic_frolic Apr 11 #7
PortTack Apr 11 #11
keithbvadu2 Apr 11 #8
birdographer Apr 11 #21
rpannier Apr 11 #23
rickyhall Apr 11 #13
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Apr 11 #26
COL Mustard Apr 11 #15
twodogsbarking Apr 11 #16
ancianita Apr 11 #17
niyad Apr 11 #20
ancianita Apr 11 #22
rpannier Apr 11 #24
niyad Apr 11 #25
ExTex Apr 11 #27
BobTheSubgenius Apr 12 #28
7wo7rees Apr 12 #30

Response to swag (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 03:59 PM

1. Such good news

Only corporate money can change Republican's minds.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 03:59 PM

2. Voting is a constitutional right!

Why do republicans hate the constitution?

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:33 PM

9. They KNOW

The more that people vote, the less likely they are to win.

Look at the electoral map and you will see that the R's are way out numbered. The strategic advantage they have is in the the populous state having the vote numbers suppressed. this way all the middle states have greater impact. if enough of those 3 electoral vote states go in their favor they win. They are great at math.

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:38 PM

10. It is not mentioned in the Constitution.

NT

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Response to Hangingon (Reply #10)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 06:16 PM

19. Fifteenth Amendment Section 1


The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude–

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #19)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 11:55 AM

29. +1

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #19)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 02:56 PM

31. There are 4 Constitutional Amendments related to voting

First as you noted -

15th Amendment

Amendment XV

Section 1.

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2.

The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxv


But also -

19th Amendment

Amendment XIX

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxix


24th Amendment

Amendment XXIV

Section 1.

The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.

Section 2.

The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxxiv


26th Amendment

Amendment XXVI

Section 1.

The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age.

Section 2.

The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxxvi

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:48 PM

12. Because it wasn't written for the benefit of the repugs only. They have been trying for.....

.... years to make laws the protect only their needs. Power and Greed.

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 05:20 PM

14. No, no, no.....

The GQP doesn't hate the constitution. They simply read it differently.

Voting is only for white people.

The 2nd Amendment only applies to white people. Just ask the Black Panthers in CA back in '67.

Speech and free exercise of religion is only for white protestants...and maybe Catholics on occasion, when white fundigelicals are feeling generous.

Freedom of the press only applies to the press white people like.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:05 PM

3. Interesting. That was yesterday, love to read a report of that conference decisions

In a follow up soon, like maybe in tomorrow's papers.

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Response to msfiddlestix (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 06:15 PM

18. I hope it leaks out what they said. Nt

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:08 PM

4. They and Turtleman made a huge mistake here. They assume that it will all...

..blow over like in the 60's, the 70's and more. Wrong they are. Yes, major corporations are 'woke' and in a big way today. I do hope Kemp and his fellow KKK'ers do keep fighting the NFL, MLB, major corporations and the like while at the same time blasting Democratically lead groups. They will rue the day, and soon, they every fucked with the Constitution.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:08 PM

5. This will piss off moscowmitch

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:22 PM

6. Rt TY.. Losermitch should feel

Betrayed by Corp America!

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:24 PM

7. Corporations understand it takes freedom to empower consumerism

If the Fundies take over, soon they will find things to ban in addition to voting for minorities. Like products, free speech, Sunday shopping, sexy advertising, ethnic products. Cancel culture is a right wing projection. Don't read their lips, watch their actions.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #7)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:43 PM

11. Exactly..the corporations will not thrive under an authoritarian fascist style government

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:30 PM

8. Boycott Coca-Cola as Trump hides his Coke bottle.

Boycott Coca-Cola as Trump hides his Coke bottle.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #8)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 06:40 PM

21. There is no way

he is stopping his 12 diet cokes a day habit. It's more trump "let's do this" when he means "you do this, I'll watch you on tv."

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #8)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 07:27 PM

23. The meth addict boycotting his dealer

We all know how those end

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 05:07 PM

13. Maybe the turtle finally went too far.

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Response to rickyhall (Reply #13)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 08:37 PM

26. No one with a brain heeds Moscow Mitch

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 05:21 PM

15. It Will Be Good To Know Which Companies Stand With The People

So we can support them financially.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 06:11 PM

17. Never thought I'd see the day when corporations united for the good of the country,

even if it's for their benefit.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #17)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 06:29 PM

20. They are saying the correct things. I won't be holding my breath to see if they actually DO

anything.

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Response to niyad (Reply #20)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 06:43 PM

22. Yep, and I'm totally with you on that. They're more about changing GOP messaging than leaving.

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Response to niyad (Reply #20)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 07:31 PM

24. From Salon

https://www.salon.com/2021/04/07/large-corporations-are-already-breaking-their-promises-to-not-donate-to-republicans_partner/

New Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings show, Judd Legum of Popular Information reports, that it took roughly a month for the corporations to go back to making political donations to Republicans.

On February 26, Intel sent $15,000 to the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC), which Legum writes, is "the main fundraising vehicle" for House Republicans — 139 of whom voted to overturn the results of the election. On the February 22, AT&T donated $5,000 to a leadership PAC called the House Conservatives Fund that's affiliated with Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana), who voted against certifying the Electoral College vote.

And on February 4, merely three weeks after their initial pledge, Cigna donated $15,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). The NRSC is run by Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) who voted to overturn the results of the election and, as Legum notes, had indeed "hindered the peaceful transition of power" by perpetuating the notion fueled by former President Donald Trump that the election was fraudulent. Then, three weeks later, Cigna donated another $15,000 to the NRCC.

https://popular.info/p/these-corporations-broke-their-pledge

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Response to rpannier (Reply #24)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 07:33 PM

25. Colour me sooooo not surprised.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 11:06 AM

28. The level of mindless, clutching greed by these Republicans is mind-blowing.

If they issued a statement saying "We were serious when we said corporations should stay out of politics. We will only accept donations from private, individual citizens." then you could kinda admire their sincerity and principles - of a sort.

But to take the money of corporations and their high-ranking officers and then tell them that's the last they want to hear from them until the next election cycle is going to destroy their business model. So, some good may come from this.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 12:06 PM

30. The dumb is strong.

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