Friday, November 25, 2011

Starbucks Personnel Continue Political Donations, Despite CEO's Pledge

Posted By on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 9:07 AM

In September, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz took out a full-page ad in The New York Times, urging Americans "to join him" in pledging to hold back any campaign contributions until politicians "reached a fair bipartisan deal" to control the nation's skyrocketing debt.

But apparently Schultz's colleagues were not prepared to make the pledge themselves. According to campaign records reviewed by the Associated Press, Starbucks leadership, employees and the company's lobbying firm continue to pump thousands of dollars into the campaign war chests of federal politicians.

K&L Gates, the lobbying firm that handles much of Starbucks' work in Washington, D.C., has donated $40,000 since the start of the pledge drive, according to the AP. Meanwhile, members of the company's board of directors and a number of Starbucks employees have continued to donate to several candidates.

A Starbucks spokesman told the AP that the pledge "was a personal request, not a company initiative."

Meanwhile U.S. Congressional candidates brought in approximately $177 million in the third quarter, up from the same quarter in 2009, according to FEC records.

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