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Here is the question: Should businesses stay out of the politics?

Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate Minority Leader, definitely thinks so.  In short, he says, “My advice to the corporate CEOs of America is to stay out of politics. Don’t pick sides in these big fights.”

It’s no secret that businesses contribute money to both major political parties and candidates to enhance the businesses’ competitive advantages via legislation.  Typically they do so behind the scene to avoid the appearance of taking sides.

But in the case of Georgia’s new election law, some of its largest employers like Delta Airline and CoCa-Cola have put themselves on the firing line with the state and National Republicans after being pressured by the activists. The ripple expands to sports including the Major League Baseball who pulled its All-Star game from Atlanta.

The business model of making a profit has always been clear and straight forward for me.  This includes the business of political lobbying and donation.  All par for the course.  I also understand when the businesses choose to be good corporate citizens and getting behind social causes. However, this issue goes beyond Georgia.

Apparently, there are similar legislation being introduced by Republican lawmakers in 47 states. Will there be a ground swell of business-led political movement across the country? Is Georgia only the tip of the iceberg?

What are your thoughts about the businesses getting involved with the Politics?



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