Powerful corporations with deep pockets and the influence they wield.
NY Times has reported that many of the best-known corporation in the country are “nervously grappling with what role they should play” at the Republican National Convention, given the likely nomination of Donald Trump. Claiming his “divisive candidacy has alienated many women, blacks and Hispanics,” many activist organizations are also putting the pressure on large corporations to refuse to sponsor the event.
Reportedly, Apple, Google and Walmart are among the companies assessing their plans for the convention, which will be held July 18 to 21 in Cleveland.
The host committee in Cleveland is looking to raise about $64 million for the event. A spokeswoman for the committee said corporations and other donors had already pledged $54, but another official admitted there is a growing concern whether the donors would follow through if Trump is the nominee.
Walmart, which contributed $150,000 to the Republican convention in 2012, has yet to commit to contributing this year.
Coca-Cola has declined to match the $660,000 it gave for the 2012 Republican convention, donating only $75,000 for this year and indicating that it does not plan to provide more.
The civil rights advocacy group, Color of Change, says it has collected more than 100,000 signatures on a petition demanding that Coca-Cola and other companies decline to sponsor the convention. Donating to the event, the petition states, is akin to endorsing Mr. Trump’s “hateful and racist rhetoric.”
The Color of Change campaign is now being joined by Hispanic, Muslim and women’s rights organizations. While Coke has been the focus of the convention push so far, the advocacy groups have also been in contact with Google, Cisco and AT&T and said the companies would be targeted if they did not withdraw their contributions and vow to give no more.
(Via NY Times)
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