Monday, November 1, 2010

What were they thinking? Again!

With little more than two weeks to go before the election a Canton, Ohio McDonald's franchisee stuck a memo in its employee pay envelopes, using the McDonald's corporate logo, advising them to vote for three Republican candidates in the November election.

The memo said “if the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels. If others are elected we will not.”

Thinkprogress.org, in a blog post, accused the company of trying to “take over the world one minimum-wage vote at a time.”

The local franchisee, Paul Siegfried issued a statement saying to ”those I have offended, I sincerely apologize.” Never mind what he did was probably against state and federal election laws.

One lawyer is already threatening to sue him and McDonald's.

Then go back a couple of months when Target donated $150,000 to a campaign for a conservative Republican Minnesota gubernatorial candidate who opposes gay marriage.

Independent and Democrat customers in Minnesota have started shopping elsewhere, while the CEO of Target, Gregg Steinhafel doesn’t seem to understand what the big deal is. Not only is the GOP candidate against gay marriage, he supports strict illegal immigration laws, and once advocated chemical castration for sex offenders.

Steinhafal issued a statement saying, “Let me be very clear, Target’s support of the GLBT community is unwavering, and inclusiveness remains our core value of our company.”

He should have added, “with the exception, of course, of the candidate we supported with our $150,000 donation.”

Mike Dean, head of the advocacy group Common Cause Minnesota, appealed to businesses and unions to think twice before donating to campaigns. “Just the reputation damage” this is doing to some companies, he said, “should be a compelling case of why these corporations should not give.”

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