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Business for Democracy and ASBC Lead Effort to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

The Business for Democracy Campaign, which the American Sustainable Business Council is spearheading in partnership with Free Speech for People is tackling the compelling issue of corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision on January 21, 2010 allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for political office, overturning campaign finance laws in place for decades. The Business for Democracy campaign is an initiative of business leaders and their companies who believe this ruling is in direct conflict with American democratic principles and a serious threat to good government. The campaign supports the four members of the Supreme Court and the 80 percent of Americans who disagree with the decision (Washington Post poll, Feb. 17, 2010).

If you'd like your business to join this effort, you can sign the statement of support here or here.

ASBC Annual Meeting – Oct 5th & 6th – Don’t Miss It!

Upcoming Events:

* ASBC Annual Meeting – Oct 5th & 6th – Don’t Miss It!

Register today for the ASBC National Meeting using the Member code ASBC2011. Deadline for registration is Mon. Sept 26th.

The meeting takes place at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill.

Email Richard Eidlin if cost is a major barrier for you. We are doing our best to make sure all of our Partners and Business Supporters are able to be part of this event.

 

*Business Leader Public Relations Initiatives

ASBC has received a grant to strengthen your media presence and that of your business leaders.

Let us Help Tell your Story to the Press
If you and your business leaders would like to be part of speaking out for good regulations, creating jobs and building a sustainable economy, please send your candidate’s Name, Business/Organization, Contact Information, a brief business profile, and any information about how your business was created or grew because of good regulations to: [email protected].

We will be providing general media training over the next several months and will update you as plans solidify.

Media training for TV

Part of the grant to ASBC will support a TV/media training for a very small group of business leaders. The tentative date for this all-day training in Washington DC is October 21st. A description of the training can be viewed here, criteria for selection to participate in the training here. Please submit your application by Tues. Oct. 3rd to be considered.

 

Business Leader Needed to Testify for a Capital Hill Briefing on Regulations

A briefing for Hill staff on Tues. Oct 3 in Washington DC is being planned. We’ve been asked to find a small businessperson to speak. The pushback against all regulations is mounting, so we are trying to step up our efforts to protect good regulations. We are looking for a business that was formed or really grew due to regulation.

Do you have a business leader who meets those criterion?  Please contact David Levine [email protected] as soon as possible.

 

*Working Group Call Information

Workgroup Call-in Number for all calls: 605-477-2100 Code 264857#

 

Tax Issues Working Group – Mon. Sept 26th, 1pm ET, 10am PT. This re-formed workgroup is currently focused on passing legislation to end the use of tax havens, which are not only unethical, but also shift the tax burden from large multinationals to domestic companies. This revenue-generating piece of legislation could limit further cuts in government spending.

 

Healthcare Working Group – Thurs. Sept 29th, 2pm ET, 11am PT. Contact Richard Eidlin for more details.

 

Climate & Energy Working Group – Fri. Oct. 7th at 11:45am ET. Contact Richard Eidlin for more details.

Business for Democracy Working Group – TBD – Fill out thesurvey if you’d like to participate.

 

 

Campaign Updates (To Pass on to Members)

* Climate Change & Energy

Sign-on Letter: Urge President Obama to Adopt EPA’s proposed Ozone Standards

ASBC is disappointed with the Obama Administration’s decision to withdraw the proposed EPA ozone rule on Sept 2nd. We believe the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards should move forward without delay, as recommended by the EPA. This fall we expect to see an active fight in Congress to maintain the right of the EPA to protect clean air and water; the ozone rule is just one of many regulations under attack. Read ASBC’s letter to President Obama

Email Richard Eidlin to sign-on no later than Wed. Sept 21st.

* Business for Democracy

Help us reach 1000 business supporters by signing our Statementopposing unlimited secret corporate money in elections through a constitutional amendment. We are less than 200 away from reaching our goal!

Business for Democracy, with partner Free Speech for People, is seeking business leaders concerned about money in politics to write and speak in support of state level resolutions in Massachusetts, Washington and New Mexico. Contact Aquene Freechild for info.

* Chemical Policy

We are happy to announce that there are additional cosponsors to the Safe Chemicals Act with the addition of Senators Sanders and Leahy. We want to acknowledge the work of our Partner, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, for working with their Senators to support this important legislation. If you’d like work with ASBC to encourage your Senator, please contact us at[email protected].

Member Events & News:

Social Enterprise Alliance’s 12th Annual Summit, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2,  Chicago
As a friend of Social Enterprise Alliance, you are eligible for a $50 discount on Summit registration with discount code “$50OFF”.  Click here to register. You can win a full Summit registration plus a room at the Marriott by signing up for the SEA newsletter.

Speakers include: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago (invited); Bill Drayton, Ashoka; Paul Carttar, Social Innovation Fund; Jim Gibbons, Goodwill Industries International; Judy Wicks, White Dog Café and BALLE.

News Item – CEOs of some companies make more than their companies paid in taxes

 

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