Joe the Executive: Starbucks CEO Calls For Americans To Boycott Political Campaign Donations
Are you sick and tired of partisan politicians doing what’s in their best interest and no one else’s? Well, the CEO of Starbucks agrees with you. And he is calling for a boycott on all campaign contributions until Washington gets its act together.
As CBS News reports, Congress is at a record 82 percent disapproval level, spurred on by the partisan bickering over the debt deal. It inspired a profanity-laced Twitter trend, and now it’s inspired Starbucks CEO and Chairman Howard Schultz to take a stand against partisanship.
Schultz sent out an e-mail to employees complaining about “the lack of cooperation and irresponsibility among elected officials as they have put partisan agendas before the people’s agenda.” Over the next few days, his message caught on and received support from 50 business leaders. That’s when Schultz decided to call for individuals and corporations to boycott all campaign contributions to political candidates until Congress can put aside partisan bickering and come together to tackle the important issues.
However, according to NewsMeat, Schultz has himself donated to several political campaigns over the past two years. In March, he donated $5000 to Sen. Maria Cantwell’s campaign, and in 2010 he gave money to both Sen. Patty Murray and then-candidate Rep. Terri Sewell (D- Alabama). If Schultz is serious about his boycott, chances are he won’t be donating any time soon.
Watch the report below, courtesy of CBS News:
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