Do you think a company should support a candidate?

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    Jun 05, 2008 3:10 AM GMT
    What do you think about companies who openly support a candidate? If you are a Hillary supporter would you consider not shopping at a company or store that supported Obama? or vice versa.

    What do you think about celebrities who support candidates?
  • bradsmith

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    Jun 05, 2008 3:51 AM GMT
    Do companies vote?

    No.

    They shouldn't.

    I don't.

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    Jun 05, 2008 4:10 AM GMT
    I think it's dog shit. I almost said bull shit, but that has value.
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    Jun 05, 2008 4:15 AM GMT
    NO. Corporations already have too much power in politics when they should have ZERO. Lobbying by anyone other than private citizens is nothing more than legalized bribery.

    As far as celebrities, I don't even consider them when it comes to politics.
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    Jun 05, 2008 4:19 AM GMT
    Companies operate as legal people under the constitution, so then they should be able to openly support a candidate.

    My personal opinion is that they shouldn't.

    I don't really buy into the support another supporter logic. I know how and why it works, but I think its silly, and puts to much faith in the idea that consumers are highly rational thinkers, and will drive across town to shop somewhere that supports one candidate vs. another. Gays don't even do that great of a job at this.

    Celebrities can support candidates all they want. It's the press that gives these celebrities megaphones to the public. It's the public who listens to the press.
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    Jun 05, 2008 4:33 AM GMT
    It doesn't matter if they do it openly or secretly, the result is the same. They're going to do whatever it takes to keep meeting their holy quotas and they're throw anyone who works under them to the wolves when they have to account for their actions. Politicians will turn a blind eye and they'll cover up their tracks.

    It's all stupid meaninless crap. I don't care who my favored/tolerated celebrities are voting for, as long as they make good music and movies, they're golden. Last thing I need is to be shepherded into voting for a "cool" candidate because a celeb is campaigning for them. As for big companies, like cola companies and preservative saturated burger chains and gas guzzler barons; I don't care if they are for or against a certain candidate. They're irrelevant when I make my vote. It's when they manipulate the way our government works and pay off greedy cold hearted politicians that I start to wonder what they're really good for...
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    Jun 05, 2008 6:26 AM GMT
    The Supreme Court decisions that gave corporations personhood are the most perverse rulings aside from Dred Scott and that damn eminent domain ruling from 2 or 3 years ago.

    A corporation CAN endorse a candidate. Thankfully, one good feature of our free(ish) market is that I can endorse the corporation's competitor when I hear about this dog shit (my thanks to Buckwheet for the appropriate term).
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    Jun 05, 2008 11:21 AM GMT
    A corporation is free to endorse a candidate, but it is only a very foolish one that will, in this age of a closely divided electorate. It amounts to telling half of your potential customers "fuck off".
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    Jun 05, 2008 3:16 PM GMT
    I think companies CAN support anyone they want but I DONT think they should. I think that any company that supports a candidate alienates those who are against that candidate.

    The reason I started this is because I noticed a major underwear compant throwing their support to Obama and I thought it quite odd that they would do that. Especially when things have been so heated between Hillary and Obama supporters.
  • Squarejaw

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    Jun 05, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    It's not uncommon for corporations (especially large diversified ones) to give money to both candidates. The government has the power to regulate business, so businesses do what they can to influence those regulations. I don't know why people would expect businesses to behave otherwise.
  • auryn

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    Jun 05, 2008 4:13 PM GMT
    Do you mean like Oprah?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/05/oprah-im-euphoric-over-ob_n_105399.html
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    Jun 05, 2008 5:26 PM GMT
    no


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    Jun 05, 2008 9:13 PM GMT
    Companies that openly support a company a very foolish to do so. If they are smart they give money to both potential presidential candidates and leave it at that.