Boycott Campaign Donations! –

Boycott Campaign Donations! –

Op-Ed Columnist

Boycott Campaign Donations!

Howard Schultz, the chairman and chief executive of Starbucks, has always been the kind of boss who wears his heart on his sleeve. So it came as no surprise to Starbucks employees when, on Monday, he sent out a long, passionate, companywide e-mail entitled “Leading Through Uncertain Times.


In effect, Schultz thinks the country should go on strike against its politicians. “The fundamental problem,” he said, “is that the lens through which Congress approaches issues is re-election. The lifeblood of their re-election campaigns is political contributions.” Schultz wants his countrymen — big donors and small; corporations and unions — to stop making political contributions in presidential and Congressional campaigns. Simple as that. Economists like to talk about how incentives change behavior. Schultz is proposing that Americans give Washington an incentive to begin acting responsibly on their behalf. It’s a beautiful idea.


Read the full story here: The New York Times

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One response to “Boycott Campaign Donations! –

  1. Pit

    Basically a wonderful idea, but – to my mind – unfortunately not a long shot, as the author supposes, but unworkable as big money will never ever forgo the chance to buy politicians’ votes.

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