Skip to comments.BP Pays Off Jesse Jackson But Faces Boycott Anyway; NLPC Urges Oil Giant to Rebuff Shakedown
Posted on 06/15/2006 11:26:31 AM PDT by areafiftyone
To: National Desk, Energy Reporter
Contact: Peter Flaherty of National Legal and Policy Center, 703-237-1970; Website: http://www.nlpc.org
WASHINGTON, June 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Peter Flaherty, president of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), today told British Petroleum, PLC to ignore a boycott called against the oil giant by Jesse Jackson this week at the annual Rainbow/PUSH conference in Chicago. BP is listed in the conference program as a Bronze Sponsor, a designation costing $10,000.
Flaherty said, "Jesse Jackson is bluffing a foreign company. He has virtually no ability to affect the consumer habits of Americans, or even African Americans. The reason he is going after BP is the same reason he threatened a boycott of Toyota in 2001. Executives of foreign companies are often under the misimpression that Jesse Jackson still commands wide respect in this country."
"It is pretty obvious what is going on here. BP sponsors Jesse Jackson's conference at the $10,000 level, but the company is certainly capable of a lot more. No doubt, Jackson seeks to upgrade them to the $150,000 Platinum sponsor level for next year."
Flaherty also called on BP to end its support for Jackson. He pointed out, "The New York Stock Exchange and several companies are now saying 'no' to Jesse Jackson. There has been no retribution or negative consequences of any kind. Should BP continue or increase its support for Jackson, it could become controversial, as it has with other companies."
NLPC sponsored shareholder proposals this spring with Citigroup, PepsiCo and Boeing requesting disclosure of charitable contributions. The supporting statements made specific reference to Rainbow/PUSH. A similar NLPC-sponsored resolution will be considered at the Freddie Mac annual meeting this summer.
In early 2005, the New York Stock Exchange confirmed that it had ended financial support for Jesse Jackson's groups, in apparent response to NLPC protests.
NLPC promotes ethics in public life, and sponsors the Corporate Integrity Project.
Last year on vacation we found a BP on nearly every corner and they were all FILTHY. I'll never give them my business if I can help it.
Why isn't this guy in prison? He shakes-down corporate America like a mobster running a protection racket.
Isn't BP the company running ads about how "green" and environmental they are?
Yup - They should be running ones saying how scared they are instead!
If I were BP, I'd tell the race baiter to pound sand and concentrate on finding his illegitimate children.
Why hasn't this useless lump of crap been arrested under RICO?
I'd love nothing better than to see Revvvrrrundd JACKson, arrested for conspiracy under the RICO statutes.
But how else is Jesse gonna keep all of those mistresses on his payroll if he can't earn (shakedown) a few bucks here and there?
Wonder if the platinum level "donors" receive a photo and annual letter from the mistress they are sponsoring?
Je$$e Jack$on on the prowl again. For once I'd like to see a corporation stand up in public and tell Je$$e and his bud $harpton to pound sand.
Did Toyota ever give Jessie money?
Yes their ads are enough to make me gag.
Because he is the role model of success, for ghetto blacks...the Democrat's base constituency
Maybe we should boycott any company that caves to Jackson.
Yes and I think almost every company that Jack$on has set his eyes on has folded. It's time for one of them to call his bluff and expose him for the fraud he is once and for all.
Don't know if Toyota ever gave money to Jackson, but Toyota does sponsor Algore's hard left cable channel, Current.
I refuse to do business with any company that gives in to this mafiosa's extortion. I won't be using Arco anymore. Someone needs to grow a set and start standing up to this POS and his incessant shake-down schemes.
How else is Jesse going to afford his shaker's babies? Trophies cost money.
My BP gas card gives a 6% rebate on all gas purchases which is about $.18 cents a gallon. Sucha a deal!
Toyota seems to have been funding Farrakhan and MALDEF as well.
Well, that certainly is discouraging.