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BP Pays Off Jesse Jackson But Faces Boycott Anyway; NLPC Urges Oil Giant to Rebuff Shakedown
U.S. Newswire ^ | 6/15/06

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.

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NLPC promotes ethics in public life, and sponsors the Corporate Integrity Project.

http://www.usnewswire.com/


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jackson; jessie; kodak; moment; shakedown

1 posted on 06/15/2006 11:26:34 AM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone

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.


2 posted on 06/15/2006 11:29:20 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: areafiftyone

Why isn't this guy in prison? He shakes-down corporate America like a mobster running a protection racket.


3 posted on 06/15/2006 11:29:55 AM PDT by Kenny Bunkport (Left's reaction to "GODLESS": "They haven't hated a book this much since the Bible." (pissant))
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To: mtbopfuyn

Isn't BP the company running ads about how "green" and environmental they are?


4 posted on 06/15/2006 11:30:40 AM PDT by Kenny Bunkport (Left's reaction to "GODLESS": "They haven't hated a book this much since the Bible." (pissant))
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To: Kenny Bunkport

Yup - They should be running ones saying how scared they are instead!


5 posted on 06/15/2006 11:31:33 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicans Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For the Same Reason!)
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To: areafiftyone
"... told British Petroleum, PLC to ignore a boycott called against the oil giant by Jesse Jackson..."

If I were BP, I'd tell the race baiter to pound sand and concentrate on finding his illegitimate children.

6 posted on 06/15/2006 11:31:36 AM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: areafiftyone

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.


7 posted on 06/15/2006 11:32:19 AM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (In a world where Carpenters come back from the dead, ALL things are possible.)
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To: areafiftyone

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?


8 posted on 06/15/2006 11:33:31 AM PDT by rod1
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To: areafiftyone

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.


9 posted on 06/15/2006 11:38:01 AM PDT by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: The South Texan

Did Toyota ever give Jessie money?


10 posted on 06/15/2006 11:38:41 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicans Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For the Same Reason!)
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To: Kenny Bunkport

Yes their ads are enough to make me gag.


11 posted on 06/15/2006 11:40:06 AM PDT by MarxSux
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To: Kenny Bunkport
"Why isn't this guy in prison? He shakes-down corporate America like a mobster running a protection racket."

Because he is the role model of success, for ghetto blacks...the Democrat's base constituency

Semper Fi

12 posted on 06/15/2006 11:40:30 AM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: The South Texan

Maybe we should boycott any company that caves to Jackson.


13 posted on 06/15/2006 11:41:12 AM PDT by monocle
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To: areafiftyone

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.


14 posted on 06/15/2006 11:41:34 AM PDT by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: areafiftyone

Don't know if Toyota ever gave money to Jackson, but Toyota does sponsor Algore's hard left cable channel, Current.


15 posted on 06/15/2006 11:48:34 AM PDT by Obadiah (The beatings will continue until morale improves.)
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To: areafiftyone

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.


16 posted on 06/15/2006 11:52:09 AM PDT by MikeA (Not voting in November because you're pouting is a vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House)
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To: MikeA

How else is Jesse going to afford his shaker's babies? Trophies cost money.


17 posted on 06/15/2006 11:53:31 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: mtbopfuyn

My BP gas card gives a 6% rebate on all gas purchases which is about $.18 cents a gallon. Sucha a deal!


18 posted on 06/15/2006 11:58:44 AM PDT by PaxMacian
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To: Obadiah
A Google search for "Toyota Jesse Jackson" turned up mostly items from 2001 and 2002. It was in 2001 that Jackson pretended to believe that a Toyota ad was racist. Toyota agreed to a $7.8 billion payoff to prevent a boycott...but it isn't clear how much actually went to Jackson himself or his organization (it sounds like it was mostly a commitment to spend more on various "diversity" programs).

Toyota seems to have been funding Farrakhan and MALDEF as well.

19 posted on 06/15/2006 12:35:19 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

Well, that certainly is discouraging.


20 posted on 06/15/2006 12:50:17 PM PDT by Obadiah (The beatings will continue until morale improves.)
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To: areafiftyone
No BP (spineless)

No Citgo (wholly owned by Venezuela)

21 posted on 06/15/2006 1:39:19 PM PDT by FerdieMurphy (For English, Press One. (Tookie, you won the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes. Oh, too late.))
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To: areafiftyone

I know why these companies give in to the Jackson shakedown (cheaper than fighting a propaganda battle), but I sure wish they wouldn't. Each time they do, it just emboldens him to keep doing it.


22 posted on 06/15/2006 1:55:47 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: areafiftyone
BP needs to take a lesson from Nike.

Nike told Jesse Jackson to F off when he tried to shake them down.

23 posted on 06/15/2006 1:57:31 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (PENCE BASHERS WILL BE CALLED OUT)
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To: Verginius Rufus

7/13/2005

PRESS RELEASE: Toyota Sponsored Farrakhan Speech; Japanese Carmaker Asked to Repudiate Farrakhan and End Support for Jesse Jackson


2/4/2002

Toyota letter denying payoff to Jesse Jackson


http://tinyurl.com/mfryx


24 posted on 06/15/2006 2:04:31 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: areafiftyone; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; ...
I love this quote:

"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."

25 posted on 06/20/2006 11:29:14 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (One flag--American. One language--English. One allegiance--to America!)
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To: areafiftyone
Jesse Jackson's Latest Shakedown Targets BP, Group Says
26 posted on 06/20/2006 11:30:38 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (One flag--American. One language--English. One allegiance--to America!)
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To: bmwcyle

That to which you subscribe, you will get more of.

Much wants more.


27 posted on 06/21/2006 7:35:56 AM PDT by Apple Blossom (...around here, city hall is something of a between meals snack.)
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To: areafiftyone

28 posted on 06/25/2006 8:10:03 AM PDT by Libloather (They can't privatize Social Security but they can find a way to give it to illegal aliens...)
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To: areafiftyone

If that jackass ever tried to pull that stunt in my corporate offices, I'd have my own film crew there to verify that I told him to go straight to hell.
We have a program to manage any of his alleged "concerns" and no aspect of that program involves paying him blackmail!


29 posted on 06/25/2006 8:17:44 AM PDT by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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