Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: 100+ Fellow CEOs To Start Hiring and Stop Giving to Campaigns
Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz said more than 100 business leaders have joined his pledge to boycott U.S. political campaign donations.
AOL Inc. (AOL) CEO Tim Armstrong, J.C. Penney Co. CEO Myron Ullman, Whole Foods Market Inc. Co-CEO Walter Robb and others have agreed to accelerate hiring and halt campaign giving to incumbents in Washington until Congress finds a solution to the nation’s growing debt, Starbucks said in an e-mailed statement.
Schultz is taking his campaign to the Internet and to Facebook today with the creation of Upward Spiral, “a platform for action inspired by the letter to America from Howard Schultz,” according to the website.
Oh hell yeah. Give it up to Howard Schultz for standing behind his word on this issue.
Counterpoint: Fuck Howard Schultz.
The titans of industry of this new Gilded Age are going to withhold some campaign contributions — how much of a difference is this actually going to make, in real numbers? A couple million? Contrast that with the billion-dollar campaign Obama is promising to run. Contrast that with the unmeasurable (literally) cashflow from lobbyists and special interests flooding the halls of our government.
Now, if Howard Schultz actually called for an end to lobbying as an act of protest, instead of some painfully transparent corporate PR, that would be laudatory. THAT would be worth saluting.
This is advertising designed to make you feel an irrational attachment to a brand, plain and simple. Keep your eye on the ball.
(Source: manicchill, via shortformblog)