Best Buy ends support of policy group

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 10, 2012 - 8:34 PM
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swatisedJul. 11, 12 9:22 AM

It would be preferred, from this shareholders perspective, if ALL companies - large and small CEASED all political donations and actions through "activist - issue, policy groups" EXCEPT for formally vetted and professionally responsible ( via a signed/required professional code of conduct standard) Industry Trade Group representation. I really don't like the board or the company randomly selecting issues to spend on - when I need the dividends sent to me or the company to make investments in staff, technology or acquisitions that strengthing the LONG TERM outlook. Kudos to Best Buy for quitting one group - but ... how all of them ( left, right and middle) ??

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checkfactsJul. 11, 12 9:26 AM

Thank You Best Buy! ALEC is the breeder of the anti-voter access, anti-teacher, anti-public servant, anti-universal health care, anti-environmental protections, pro-street gun, pro-big insurer, pro-big pharma, pro-oil and pro-big finance attitudes across the nation. Founded by Paul Weyrich with Koch funding, ALEC was leading to this era when only the votes of the privileged would be counted and the labors and wealth of the masses can be milked for the few at the top. Best Buy as well as more than 50 large-cap companies have begun to recognize that the ALEC business model of plutocracy is unsustainable.

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GailKLJul. 11, 1210:53 AM

Thank you Best Buy for seeing the right! Sorry your management is failing so badly that you will have to fire all those people.

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LicoriceJul. 11, 1211:17 AM

You have to wonder what vetting process led these consumer-goods-and-services companies with positive reputations to decide the whole package that ALEC encompassed could be balanced favorably against the tax and related policies that led them to join. I thanks these companies for ending their association with ALEC, but only wish they would have done so before so much damage was done with their radical social agenda.

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alecwcJul. 11, 12 3:11 PM

ALEC Welcoming Committee Call to Action! Visit ALECwc.org and join the FUN in SLC July 23-28th! We the people of Salt Lake City invite all those opposed to the tyranny of the 1% to join us from July 23-28th 2012 in providing a warm welcome for the 39th Annual Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council. This annual meeting by ALEC is paid for and attended by corporate sponsors who sit behind closed doors with our elected state legislators. At these meetings laws are created without the voice of the people that will later benefit those same corporate sponsors at the expense of our communities. ALEC functions as the most influential mechanism by which corporations maintain their dominance over people and policy by occupying our political institutions. ALEC is responsible for thirty nine years worth of oppressive legislation. Model legislation proposed by ALEC and enacted by our elected representatives have destroyed workers rights and strangled free speech. These model policies have driven the privatization of agriculture, education, health care, and the prison industry all at the expense of the ecosystems that sustain us. We will not allow this systemic corruption to continue. We the people have developed direct democratic communities and processes to challenge the status quo. We call for a local and national convergence of these communities from July 23-28 in Salt Lake City. We remain committed to nonviolence as we provide an open and inclusive space for resistance, rebellion and a diversity of tactics. We the People demand our frustrations be known as we develop solutions together where the voice of the people is heard over the the voice of the corporations. It is by solidarity through struggle that we will find our greatest strength. With Love, ALEC Welcoming Committee of Occupy Salt Lake visit ALECwc.org and come to SLC July 23-28th! P.S. Bring a tent. Pitchforks Optional.

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bluepatriotJul. 11, 12 4:21 PM

Thank you, Best Buy. Supporting ALEC and their agenda of voter-suppression, pollution, and get-out-of-jail free cards for trigger-happy gun owners is going to cost companies a lot of customers.

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