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HP Bails on Donating to RNC Convention for Trump

HP joins Coca Cola and Microsoft in either massively reducing their support or bailing out entirely. It is unknown at this point how many smaller companies may have bailed out as well in protest.

HP Inc. Joins Companies Declining to Contribute to G.O.P. Convention

Hewlett Packard Inc. has joined a growing list of major corporations that are declining to help pay for the Republican National Convention, aspressure builds on the business community to repudiate Donald J. Trump.

Before it split into two last year, Hewlett-Packard had been a generous contributor to Republican causes in the past. Meg Whitman, the company’s chief executive before the split and now the leader of HP Enterprises, is a former Republican nominee for governor in California. She has forcefully denounced Mr. Trump in the past, calling him a “dishonest demagogue” and condemning his statements on women, Muslims and others as “repugnant.”

The African-American activist group Color of Change, which has been one of the leaders of the campaign to get companies to cut their donations to the convention, said it had received word from Hewlett Packard last week that it would not be making any cash donations to the Republican or Democratic conventions this year. A company spokeswoman confirmed the decision.

HP Inc. joins Coca-Cola and Microsoft in deciding to either significantly curtail or eliminate its monetary support to the Republican convention.

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.

Microsoft will provide only software and technical assistance to the Republicans’ event, while it plans to give that and monetary support to Democrats.

Political conventions and the cities that host them rely tremendously on corporate donations to fund their expenses, which can exceed $100 million when security costs are included. But companies have been wary of committing to the Republican National Convention this year given Mr. Trump’s provocative and offensive statements on women and minorities.

A Color for Change spokesman, Rashad Robinson, said Tuesday that it planned to keep the pressure on companies that have not yet said whether they would fund the convention, which starts July 18.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2016 in The Clown Bus

 

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Coca Cola Shuts Down Production in Venzuela

Because they can’t buy sugar in the country! Artificially sweetened drinks are not affected.The Venezuelan economy is a rolling disaster, brought on not only by foreign embargoes, but the complete incompetence of their government starting with Hugo Chavez. The country is quite probably on the way to a violent overthrow of the current Government. The story of how this oil rich country got there is a story of rich and poor, and a story of how America controls the Western Hemisphere.

Been to Venezuela on business and pleasure several times before Chavez was elected. It is a beautiful country, and I had considered retiring there. The cost of living was very low, and and the beaches are out of this world. Actually was there during one of their government coups, which was a little crazy – as I was stranded about 5 miles from my hotel and had to walk back. I had hired a driver to take me to see some of the sights, who became afraid to be on the road due to the roadblocks. While my poor Spanish isn’t going to fool anyone that I am a local, being brown does have the advantage of being able to blend in.Buying a Panama Hat, inexpensive sunglasses, local made shirt, pants, cheap watch, and a pair of Huaraches, as well as a bundle of flowers to carry – Iooking like your average Venezuelan businessman going to meet his girlfriend or mistress…I didn’t get stopped by the authorities or a second look.

Love the Country, hate what has happened to it, and the seeming inability to share the wealth with the poor.

Coca-Cola halts production in Venezuela

Coca-Cola is halting production in Venezuela of its namesake beverage due to a sugar shortage brought on by the country’s grinding economic crisis.

The Atlanta-based company said in an emailed statement Friday said that its production of sugar-sweetened beverages will be suspended in the coming days after local suppliers reported they had run out of the raw material. Sugar-free beverages are not affected and the company said its offices and distribution centers remain open in Venezuela.

The move comes as Venezuela’s economy is teetering on the edge of collapse with widespread food shortages and inflation forecast to surpass 700 percent. Last month, Empresas Polar, Venezuela’s largest food and beverage company, stopped production of beer because of a lack of imported barley.

The Obama administration and governments in Latin America are encouraging efforts by former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to defuse the increasingly tense standoff in Venezuela

Zapatero said in a visit to Caracas this week that President Nicolas Maduro and leaders of the opposition expressed a willingness to launch a national dialogue aimed at resolving the country’s challenges.

Lining up to get in the State run supermarket

It’s unclear what the next steps will be but the U.S. State Department on Friday said it welcomes the initiative as a way to guarantee respect for the Venezuelan people and the rule of law. The foreign ministries of Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay also made a call for dialogue.

Zapatero’s peacemaking follows a week of violent clashes between security forces and the opposition who are demanding Maduro’s ouster.

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Posted by on May 21, 2016 in General

 

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