NYTimes has an article on the “accidentally” leaked documents of the 501(c)(4) that contributes to the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA). This advocacy group is called Republican Governors’ Public Policy Committee. The Democrats have one too but it’s called something like The Center for Innovative Policy. I guess they solicit all kinds of policy, not just Democratic ones. (that explains a lot)
Anyway, the members of this advocacy group contribute up to $250,000 in order to attend swank soirees and bend the ear of the Republican Governors in attendance. Access “offers the ability to bring their particular expertise to the political process while helping to support the Republican agenda.” And I used to think that these were equal opportunity corporate schmoozers.
So, you might be wondering who is in this shadowy group that is supporting the attack on women’s reproductive rights and cutting social safety net programs to the bone. The usual suspects are here. But there are also a couple of surprises:
The most elite group, known as the Statesmen, whose members donated $250,000, included Aetna; Coca-Cola; Exxon Mobil; Koch Companies Public Sector, the lobbying arm of the highly political Koch Industries; Microsoft; Pfizer; UnitedHealth Group; and Walmart. The $100,000 Cabinet level included Aflac, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Comcast, Hewlett-Packard, Novartis, Shell Oil, Verizon Communications and Walgreen.
Exxon, the Koch brothers and Pfizer don’t surprise me. But Coca-Cola and Microsoft? Really??
You mean every time I drink a diet Coke or buy another annoying Word license, I am contributing the the erosion of women’s rights or depriving some kid of food stamps?
Um, that’s disgusting.
I might not be able to get around Microsoft but I can definitely cut Coke out of my life. Boycotts might be ineffective but this is a personal choice and I’m not consciously contributing to my own demise.