Corporations Fund Al Sharpton’s Campaign Against Rush Limbaugh

Well, this is nice.  It turns out that some giants of corporate America have come together to sponsor Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN).  This is the vehicle Sharpton utilized to thwart Rush Limbaugh’s NFL ownership bid.  Here are the details from the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC):

The following companies were identified this year by NAN as “sponsors”: American Honda, Anheuser Busch, Colgate-Palmolive, Comcast, Entergy, Ford Motor Company, Home Depot, Johnson & Johnson, Macy’s, PepsiCo, Pfizer and Wal-Mart. Sponsorship reportedly cost $50,000.

The above linked post from the NLPC gives information for contacting each of the listed companies.  It irks me when businesses get this deep into politics.  Let’s face it; everything Al Sharpton is publicly involved in screams political activism.  One thing is certain, however.  Sharpton wouldn’t be so quick to attack a like-minded individual, like Keith Olbermann, no matter what that person said, and this is a major problem for the companies in question.  Maybe, this particular situation won’t aggravate enough people for Walmart to notice.  Eventually though, supporting a galvanizing organization such as NAN is going to end up driving patrons away.

I think that Limbaugh has unfairly been labeled as a racist, because too few people are willing to speak out against the powerful media forces that don’t like him.  That’s one issue.  The second issue is the unsettling, significant overlap between private business and politics.  It’s something that’s been going on a long time, and it’s getting worse.  The U.S. automakers are proof of what happens when government creeps too far into private business.  The federal government empowered monopolistic unions and forced untenable standards upon the car makers for years making them unable to compete with foreign competitors utilizing much more streamlined cost structures.  Health care reform and “cap and trade” are two current instances where certain firms are attempting to gain an improved competitive standing by partnering with politicians.  It’s a dangerous game where private industry almost always gets burned in the end.

Acquiescing to government intervention is not a viable option.  The more these companies get involved in political issues, the more likely it is that they get rolled over by government’s heavy hand.  They’ll end up being “bailed out” by grandstanding politicians and abandoned by consumers.

Hat Tip:  Mark Levin

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