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Next Tea Party Target: Corporate America
U.S. News and World Report ^ | November 22, 2010 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 11/26/2010 6:07:22 AM PST by eartotheground

Jesse Jackson isn't the only activist that can use corporate boycotts for political purposes. Starting next year, the huge Tea Party organizer FreedomWorks will urge supporters to punish huge corporations like General Electric and Johnson and Johnson for backing President Obama's progressive agenda.

FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe says: "Tea Party activists are willing to tackle progressive CEOs just as they tackled progressive politicians. Judging by the results of the midterm elections, progressive CEOs should buckle up, because Tea Party activists are going to give them a very bumpy ride."

His project partner, Tom Borelli, director of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project, added: "Big businesses are now on notice that there is a measurable business risk for actively supporting the Obama, Reid, and Pelosi progressive public policy agenda."

Their initial focus will be on consumer firms that lobbied for passage of Obama's agenda items that helped their firms. "We are going after the rent-seeking corporations feeding at the public trough," said FreedomWorks' spokesman Adam Brandon.

The groups released a new Wilson Research Strategies poll which shows how companies could suffer when conservatives are told of their support for Obama's agenda. The poll found that when customers are told of a consumer product firm's support for healthcare reform, bailouts, cap-and-trade energy policies or other issues pushed by the administration, their favorability among conservatives plummets.

A few examples:

-- General Electric. The firm has a 51 percent favorable image, but when poll takers were told of it's support for the Obama economic stimulus plan, only 20 percent had a favorably impression of the consumer giant.

-- Johnson and Johnson. Nearly 69 percent had a favorable impression of the health company before Johnson and Johnson's support for health reform legislation was detailed to survey-takers. Afterward, that favorability dropped to 16 percent.

The poll also found that 81 percent of conservative voters active in the Tea Party would be "less likely to buy products from companies that actively lobbied to pass Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan," and 61 percent would blog, Facebook, or upload a YouTube video urging backers to boycott their products.

FreedomWorks and the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project will first start by releasing the poll on Tuesday. It will then urge bloggers and other activists to spread the news about how companies lobbied for Obama's agenda. And soon after look for the groups to list the ties of major firms to the Democrats and progressives. "To break up this unholy alliance between government and business, we have to shine a light on it," says Kibbe. "This is a next step in a series of battles," adds Borelli.

Consumer boycotts by activists such as Jesse Jackson have a long record of success. But a Tea Party boycott could be bigger and impact the political world in Washington where corporations are generally viewed as supporting Republicans. "For too long, big business elites have leveraged their special interest group politics to profit from the size and growth of government. The poll demonstrates that the days of easy money through back room deals are over," says Kibbe.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: boycott; freedomworks; obamacare; teaparty
Retail CEOs Who Supported Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election:

* Michael L. Ainslie, CEO of Sotheby’s 1984-94 * Arthur Blank, Co-founder of Home Depot * Maxine Clark, CEO of Build-a-Bear Workshop * Michael Eisner, CEO of Disney, 1984-2005 * Alan Feldman, CEO of Midas * Bill Gates, Co-founder of Microsoft * Stephen F. Gates, Former EVP Conoco-Phillips * Jack M. Greenberg, CEO of McDonald’s 1998-2002 * Lawrence V. Jackson, Wal-Mart Executive * Sidney Kimmel, CEO of Jones Apparel Group, 1975-2002 * James Kimsey, AOL’s founding CEO * Philip Marineau, CEO of Levi Strauss, 1999-2006 * Norman S. Matthews, President and COO of Federated, 1987-88 * Thomas J. Meredith, CFO of Dell, 1992-2000 * George MrKonic, Jr., Former President of Borders * Craig Newmark, Founder Craigslist * Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko’s * Dan Rosensweig, COO of Yahoo, 2002-2007 * Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks * Terry Semel, CEO of Yahoo, 2001-2007 * James Sinegal, CEO of Costco * Tom Stemberg, Founder and CEO of Staples, Inc. * Marvin Traub, CEO of Bloomingdale’s, 1978-1992 * George Zimmer, founder and CEO of Men’s Wearhouse

1 posted on 11/26/2010 6:07:25 AM PST by eartotheground
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To: eartotheground

Bump ... high time ...


2 posted on 11/26/2010 6:10:55 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: eartotheground

Johnson and Johnson has done itself in with the constant recalls of their products.

Evidently quality control at J&J is equal to the quality control at the White House.


3 posted on 11/26/2010 6:11:20 AM PST by Carley (IT'S THREAT ANALYSIS, NOT RACIAL PROFILING)
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To: eartotheground

companies who back either party openly are not very smart. Way to shrink your market share/ potential customers by half


4 posted on 11/26/2010 6:13:04 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: eartotheground

Its unfortunate that its come to this but they chose to get into bed with the marxists.


5 posted on 11/26/2010 6:13:28 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: eartotheground

Retail CEOs Who Supported Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election:


Some of the dates used with those CEOs indicate they no longer are in command at the companies listed with their name. Are they still there and in another executive job?


6 posted on 11/26/2010 6:21:48 AM PST by deport
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To: cripplecreek

“Its unfortunate that its come to this but they chose to get into bed with the marxists.”

In a perfect world we would respect corporate America.
Many of us in our senior years were brought up to believe that giants like GE, really did bring good things to our lives.
Today, however, big business, as well as government, has been taken over, and run by the Communist.
I truly fear for America, and those of you that are still there should be afraid, very afraid.


7 posted on 11/26/2010 6:23:29 AM PST by AlexW
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To: eartotheground

Add: Progressive Insurance


8 posted on 11/26/2010 6:27:03 AM PST by radioone (Proud to be an enemy of Obama)
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To: deport

Don’t know, just pulled a quick list off of Google. Can obviously do lots of research on this topic.

BTW, JNJ is the stock symbol for Johnson and Johnson if you want to go over to Schwab and dump any shares you might have.


9 posted on 11/26/2010 6:36:07 AM PST by eartotheground
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To: cripplecreek
Its unfortunate that its come to this but they chose to get into bed with the Marxists.

The year 2011 is an excellent time for people who attend tea parties to stay political active even when national elections are not taking place.

It adds variety to the movement and as the saying goes "Variety is the spice of life".

10 posted on 11/26/2010 6:38:11 AM PST by TYVets
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To: eartotheground

lets not forget that 90% of Hollywood directly supported this Marxist Muslim, as well as Muslim Extremists in general. They have hated America for a Long Long time. Everytime you PURCHASE A MOVIE TICKET, you are DIRECTLY SUPPORTING COMMUNISTS AND TERRORISTS WORLDWIDE. ANd yes this includes people like outgoing Governor Shriver in California. Need proof?? How about the latest from the daughter of Jon Voight, who said the other day that she will not celebrate Thanksgiving with her children because it casts a bad light on COMMUNISM.


11 posted on 11/26/2010 6:41:02 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: eartotheground

The alinsky tactics work in both directions.
The TEA party CAN wreak havoc on the little commy wannabes companies IF they will apply the tactics.

WE HAVE THE POWER !


12 posted on 11/26/2010 6:46:08 AM PST by sawmill trash (We are definately a day closer to the end than we were yeserday)
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To: eartotheground
Retail CEOs Who Supported Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election:

If a Republican was running and appeared he/she was going to win these same CEO's would be supporting them. Many of these CEO's have no political alliance other than making money and getting on ones good side regardless of party.

13 posted on 11/26/2010 6:47:06 AM PST by hoyt-clagwell (5:00 AM Gym Crew)
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To: eartotheground

* Michael L. Ainslie, CEO of Sotheby’s 1984-94
* Arthur Blank, Co-founder of Home Depot
* Maxine Clark, CEO of Build-a-Bear Workshop
* Michael Eisner, CEO of Disney, 1984-2005
* Alan Feldman, CEO of Midas
* Bill Gates, Co-founder of Microsoft
* Stephen F. Gates, Former EVP Conoco-Phillips
* Jack M. Greenberg, CEO of McDonald’s 1998-2002
* Lawrence V. Jackson, Wal-Mart Executive
* Sidney Kimmel, CEO of Jones Apparel Group, 1975-2002
* James Kimsey, AOL’s founding CEO
* Philip Marineau, CEO of Levi Strauss, 1999-2006
* Norman S. Matthews, President and COO of Federated, 1987-88
* Thomas J. Meredith, CFO of Dell, 1992-2000
* George MrKonic, Jr., Former President of Borders
* Craig Newmark, Founder Craigslist
* Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko’s
* Dan Rosensweig, COO of Yahoo, 2002-2007
* Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks
* Terry Semel, CEO of Yahoo, 2001-2007
* James Sinegal, CEO of Costco
* Tom Stemberg, Founder and CEO of Staples, Inc.
* Marvin Traub, CEO of Bloomingdale’s, 1978-1992
* George Zimmer, founder and CEO of Men’s Wearhouse


14 posted on 11/26/2010 6:49:31 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: radioone

I wouldn’t buy from P just because of the blitz of their stupid commercials.

GE has been on my OFF list for a long time. Since before they shut down share holder protests at their meeting in 2009.

J&J is not to be confused with SCJohnson.


15 posted on 11/26/2010 6:51:45 AM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half of the population is below average)
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To: eartotheground

I am NOT defending these CEO’s but:

Very large corporations will give money to both democrats and republicans. Often it will be to the one who is in power or the one that will likely be in power.


16 posted on 11/26/2010 6:58:21 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (The greatest deterrent to liberalism is sunlight.)
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To: hoyt-clagwell

I’m wondering the same. A corporation will typically back both horses to ensure “success” no matter the outcome. There are some on the list, however, that can’t lose by backing the lefty. Starbucks comes to mind.


17 posted on 11/26/2010 6:58:43 AM PST by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: eartotheground
Freedomworks??

I avoid ANYTHING they do like the plague.

Dick Armey Inc would be a more appropriate name.

A pox upon him, and the horse he rides.

18 posted on 11/26/2010 7:00:42 AM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: eartotheground
Arthur Blank, Co-founder of Home Depot

Blank was retired from Home Depot for years before Obama ever ran for office. He also built the largest aquarium in the world without using a nickel of taxpayer money. As a private citizen he can support whoever he wants, no matter how bad.

19 posted on 11/26/2010 7:08:25 AM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: eartotheground

bttt


20 posted on 11/26/2010 7:11:04 AM PST by comps4spice (The Obama Administration: Creators of Sexual Assault in the name of TSA)
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To: eartotheground
Tom Borelli is a good man. I will support him.

On another note, there needs to be a more communicative term than “rent-seeking.” Most people just don't know what the terms means ... and it's a very important message.

I like and use the term “statism/statist” and have flown under the flag of “Making Statism Unpopular” for years.

However, “statism” suffers a similar problem that plagues “rent-seeking.” Mark Levin's wonderful book “Liberty and Tyranny” has helped educated millions as to the term “statism” but we still need to come up with another, more mass friendly way to get the point across.

The article above mentions “trough feeders” and while redundant, helps communicate.

Win the vocabulary, win the debate.

Any suggestions?

21 posted on 11/26/2010 7:14:14 AM PST by taxcutisapayraise (Making Statism Unpopular)
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To: usconservative

It is time that these crony-capitalist corporations get negative publicity. They are selling the rope to hang themselves and the rest of us.


22 posted on 11/26/2010 7:22:04 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: eartotheground
Email I sent to Immelt and as many GE board members as I could locate on the net.

TO: Jeffrey Immelt

April 21, 2009

My Dear Mr. Immelt,

My late father worked for GE for many years in the Apparatus Service Division out of Cleveland, Ohio (specialized in marine work) and was always proud of his relationship with a grand old American enterprise. You were growing up down there in Cincinnati at the time and, one could assume, were inculcated with those same traditional values my father developed growing up in Coshocton, Ohio.

My wife and I are longtime GE shareholders and have remained thus through the current tumultuous period.

But we have become concerned, indeed ALARMED, at recent events at GE, the most telling of which is your evident embrace of a man who is clearly hell bent on dragging America into some sort of fascist or socialist nightmare. And make no mistake — that is PRECISELY where he is headed.

My wife and I have both signed the “We Surround You” letter at the Free Enterpriser web site so I shant belabor the points already made therein.

I served in the USAF for four years between ‘62 and ‘66. One day in May of ‘62, I raised my hand and swore an oath to God to “...defend the Constitution of the United States.”

To the best of my knowledge, that oath had no expiration date and is still active.

I would respectfully ask you to reconsider your recent activities vis-a-vis what many out here in fly-over country consider to be aiding and abetting an enemy of that Constitution and the IDEA of America envisioned by the Founding Fathers.

If you do nothing else, pray about that and think about what your continued course of action portends for your kids, your grandkids and, more importantly to me, mine.

Dick Bachert

Since I sent this email — to which I received a polite and completely useless computer generated reply — things have only gotten worse as Obama has hoisted the flag of state/corporate socialism even higher up the pole. And the public outrage now bubbling over the top will, I fear, cost GE far more than Jeffery Immelt can know. I pray that America — THE IDEA — will somehow survive Obama. And I pray that an old and venerable firm like GE will somehow survive what I consider to be potentially death-dealing decisions by Jeff Immelt to throw in with the worst occupant of the White House in my 70 years.

Short video on what's REALLY at stake here:
NOWHERE TO HIDE!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvqb_JcAK18

23 posted on 11/26/2010 8:25:56 AM PST by Dick Bachert (11/2 was a good start. Onward to '12. U Pubbies be strong or next time we send in the libertarians!)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

The new crop of “USEFUL IDIOTS.”

Only if one fully understands the One World/New World Order plan can one grasp WHY ostensibly free-enterprise/free market capitalists would climb into bed with a self-confessed progressive/Marxist. Even I had this guy figured out long before November of ‘08. How was it these bright “Captains of Industry/ Masters of the Universe” didn’t?

It helps to know that there are OTHER sorts of “capitalists:” The MONOPOLISTIC/GLOBALIST sort who, because they believe they will be the princes and nobility in the New World Order, are quick to suck up to the new “king.”

What they fail to remember is that all tyrants and would-be tyrants have used others for their evil purposes, only to discard/eliminate them once their usefulness has ended.

SA chief Ernst Rohm, who helped bring Hitler to power, got a bullet in the head in his jail cell when he became a “problem.”

The thugs who captured Russia in 1917 murdered thousands of fellow revolutionaries.

Mao’s history in this area is well known and his sinister legacy lives on in China.

Pol Pot marched thousands into the killing fields.

You get the idea.


24 posted on 11/26/2010 8:27:52 AM PST by Dick Bachert (11/2 was a good start. Onward to '12. U Pubbies be strong or next time we send in the libertarians!)
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To: eartotheground

Barack Obama has brought more power into DC than Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson altogether.

You think the MSM shilled for him in 2008? You haven’t seen nothing compared to whats coming.

If DC has ANY say whatsoever..the Rinocratic Oligarchy isn’t going to let their golden boy go anywhere. Neither will they willingly give back ANY power.

We the People have our work cut out. 2008 was a literal drop in the bucket if we intend to have our country back. It will be a multi-election cycle effort that will require well-delineated gains each time. It will start in each of the local election precincts in each state..because the fraud by which Blue-states keep electing Red candidates is rooted in the community.

Most on FreeRepublic can’t begin to imagine the kind of pre-election runup the powers that be are gonna give ‘Bammy...and what’ve you’ve seen dumped on Palin so far...is just a minimum of what’s to come.


25 posted on 11/26/2010 8:31:49 AM PST by mo
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To: eartotheground

Help me out here... This is from your list:
Dan Rosensweig, COO of Yahoo, 2002-2007
Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks
Terry Semel, CEO of Yahoo, 2001-2007
James Sinegal, CEO of Costco

Why would I punish (i.e. boycott) a company where the Obama supporter is no longer associated with the company? You list two officers of Yahoo who left (forced out I believe) 4 years ago. Some of your listings have not been associated with the company listed for 15 or 16 years?

I don’t have a problem with the current CEOs, I really don’t have a problem with the actions of GE leading to a boycott of that company, but should I boycott Federated because Norman Matthews was associated with the company in 1988?


26 posted on 11/26/2010 8:47:05 AM PST by MS from the OC (Obama foreign policy"If you're an enemy we're sorry; if you're a friend, you're sorry" Abe Greenwald)
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To: eartotheground

It’s time for “We the People” to urge GE’s Immelt to resign.

Sign our petition: www.bigbusinesswatch.org


27 posted on 11/27/2010 2:52:57 PM PST by liberty173 (Urge GE CEO Immelt to Resign)
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