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Monday, August 15, 2011

Howard Schultz Calls for Boycott of Political Donations

Posted by on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Bloomberg says:

Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz urged other CEOs to boycott donating to U.S. political campaigns to encourage leaders to solve the nation’s growing budget deficit.

“I am asking that all of us forego political contributions until the Congress and the President return to Washington and deliver a fiscally disciplined long-term debt and deficit plan to the American people,” Schultz wrote in an e-mail sent to business leaders that was obtained by Bloomberg News.

While I agree with Schultz in theory, it's a little troubling to me that he's a big Democratic donor who gave the maximum to Maria Cantwell in March. If Schultz convinces a lot of Democratic CEOs to follow his boycott, (and let's be honest: That can't be too big of a number) he could just be helping the Republicans.

(Thanks, Matt Hickey, for the tip.)


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Dumbest fucking thing I've ever heard. What a piece of shit fuckwad. I fear this is a sign he plans to grace us by appearing on a ballot himself someday, money and business celebrity proving not quite the jolt for his ego they once were...
Posted by gloomy gus on August 15, 2011 at 3:43 PM · Report this
prompt 2
Imagine the ad proving the Republicans are paid cronies of the corporate interests that have fucked over the country and legislative process. Surely all of the conservatives and tea party will see something in that.
Posted by prompt on August 15, 2011 at 3:48 PM · Report this
mr. herriman 3
good point, paul. i was excited about this when i first heard about it but i hadn't thought about that. i have always maintained that everything howard schultz does is in his own selfish interest, and that starbucks' ethical and environmental efforts are far too little and too late. but this actually had me feeling pretty good about him for a change. i hadn't considered the unintended consequences.
Posted by mr. herriman on August 15, 2011 at 3:49 PM · Report this
If he's boycotting to get spending cuts without eliminating the Bush Tax Cuts, he's a Republican anyway. Heck, being a deficit hawk is a Republican talking point to begin with.
Posted by unpaid reader on August 15, 2011 at 3:51 PM · Report this
Howard Schultz is full of crap and has no morals unless it makes his bank roll bigger. The way he sold out sonic fans and the city of Seattle makes me want to barf. Which I might do, on him, if ever I see him.
Posted by Huggie Hawk on August 15, 2011 at 3:53 PM · Report this
@4 i don't believe that this is a republican talking point any more. it is conservative talking point and one that both democrats & republicans espouse.
Posted by philosophy school dropout on August 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
So long as corporations are People and have unlimited donations to PACs, Super-PACs, and thru their US subsidiaries and trade associations other exempt methods, of course he doesn't want to have Citizens donate money.

Can't have a job-exporting capital-exporting Plutocracy backing despotic regimes overseas if actual Human Beings got to donate, can you?
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM · Report this
I think this is a fine idea, as long as it coincides with everyone boycotting Starbucks until an NBA team is back in Seattle.
Posted by Schultz has no soul on August 15, 2011 at 4:00 PM · Report this
@6 Democrats have picked it up because they are terrible at setting their own agenda. Having extra-low taxes on the rich during a recession is a failure of math and of will. Obama is out there on a limb because he can't even rally his own party to his cause, and I'm tired of people who call themselves Democrats and then sabotage Democratic ideals every time the wind blows.

I'll turn the mic over to Aaron Sorkin to finish this rant:…
Posted by unpaid reader on August 15, 2011 at 4:04 PM · Report this
seandr 10
Interesting idea.

But you know what I think we should do instead? Line up single file and each take a turn ass raping Howard Schultz for sending the Sonics to Oklahoma
Posted by seandr on August 15, 2011 at 4:06 PM · Report this
Fnarf 11
He's advocating leaving the entire political discussion to the crazies.
Posted by Fnarf on August 15, 2011 at 4:07 PM · Report this
OuterCow 12
Holding Democrats accountable only helps the Republicans when the Democratic Party can't handle being held accountable.
Posted by OuterCow on August 15, 2011 at 4:10 PM · Report this
@9 the democrats have chosen a conservative agenda. that's who they are now.
Posted by philosophy school dropout on August 15, 2011 at 4:10 PM · Report this
You know who's great at helping Republicans? The Democrats. These permanent illegal wars, that Obama promised to end, are bankrupting the economy. The Wall Street bailouts rewarded the same fuckers who caused the financial crisis. The corporate bailouts have restored corporate profitability without any new job creation. Bush's tax cuts for billionaires are not Obama's tax cuts for billionaires. And Obama has been able to do what Republicans have been trying to do for 70 years: make cutting Social Security and Medicare a "realistic" solution.

And, by the way, most corporations and corporate individuals donate to BOTH parties. They want to make sure they own a piece of whoever gets into office. This bullshit about corporations and rich folks only supporting Republicans is a lie. Wall Street put their money behind Obama in 2008 and gave him more contributions that they gave McCain. And they were handsomely rewarded for their support.
Posted by Zepol on August 15, 2011 at 4:21 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 15
@10 for the pro-America pro-Seattle win!

p.s. remember to use a condom - for your protection, not his.
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 15, 2011 at 4:25 PM · Report this
Sure, but will he also call for a ban of state labor unions as well?
Posted by A member of the Tim Hortons crowd on August 15, 2011 at 4:44 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 17
you don't balance the budget in a recession. this is when you run deficits to boost the economy. jesus fuck, howard. keynesian econ 101. this austerity shit is getting ridiculous.
Posted by Max Solomon on August 15, 2011 at 4:47 PM · Report this
Oh yeah, let's all shit on a guy who suggests having LESS corporate money in the election process. Let's shit on him again for trying to pressure politicians to get the debt and deficit under control. I'm glad Slog is read by all these economic geniuses who know how to say "that'll never work" in a million different ways.
Posted by Prefunk on August 15, 2011 at 5:34 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 19

Wonder what he thinks about what Warren Buffet said today.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on August 15, 2011 at 6:03 PM · Report this
@14, it's a shame no one else on SLOG will acknowledge what you've said.
Posted by ser on August 15, 2011 at 7:10 PM · Report this
DOUG. 21
Does anyone care what this asshole thinks?
Posted by DOUG. on August 15, 2011 at 9:56 PM · Report this
If you're worried about money in politics then do something more useful than a one-sided boycott. If you have money to donate then consider Progressives United( instead of political candidates.

Does anyone believe the Koch brothers are going to stop raining money on conservatives?
Posted by Mr. J on August 16, 2011 at 6:31 AM · Report this
Schultz is such ass , this morning on msnbc when asked directly if he would lower cost of coffee in his star bucks stores because the cost of green coffee beans are way down ? He sounded just like that other asshole in the white house and talked about what we already know waisting on air time and never saying yes .. He gave a total bull shit lie answer stating we already bought 2012 coffee and are locked in boo hoo ...he bought lower coffee bean prices for 2012... but like a typical politician bullshiter he is talking about boycotting not being direct , he never said yes we will pass on these lower coffee bean prices to our customers ....he should shut the fuck up ! We all need to watch to make sure he and his company that sucks 300% profit out of young dumb patrons per cup vs mc donalds coffee ..he better now do what he is suggesting and not give Any politician including Obama one penny ! We will watch you now schultz ...
Posted by Jonstewart on August 16, 2011 at 7:35 AM · Report this
@14 - yeah, that's what I always thought.
Posted by Bugnroolet on August 16, 2011 at 10:06 AM · Report this
Timrrr 25
If he wasn't such a useless fuckwad Schultz would be pressing for the Gov'mint to do something stimulusy to help its citizens be able have jobs and make enough to afford to by his lattes again, rather than freaking about a debt that will never be paid either way if the economy -- AND REAL WAGES -- don't pick up again sometime soon!
Posted by Timrrr on August 16, 2011 at 11:57 AM · Report this

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