Leftists Tell Georgia’s Biggest Corporations, Like Coca-Cola, to Stand with Them Against Voter Integrity Bills

 

Left-leaning groups have demanded that Georgia’s largest corporate entities, including Coca-Cola and Home Depot, fight two bills in the Georgia General Assembly, which those groups describe as racist.

Members of this coalition made their demands in a full-page ad in The Atlanta Journal Constitution last week. The coalition called out Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola, Southern Company, Home Depot, UPS, Aflac, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce.

“As workers, citizens, and consumers, we expect you to stand with us against anti-democratic and racist bills being considered in the Georgia legislature,” according to the ad.

“Our right to vote is at risk.”

In the ad, members of these various left-leaning groups, who did not identify themselves, took issue with HB 531 and SB 241.

According to the Georgia General Assembly’s website, HB 531, would, if enacted into law, mandate that no election superintendents or board of registrars could accept private funding.

SB 241, meanwhile, would create a voter intimidation and illegal election activities hotline and limit the ability of the State Election Board and the Secretary of State to enter into certain consent agreements.

The Georgia Star News on Monday contacted most of the corporations or entities cited in the newspaper ad.

Five of the nine business interests responded and said the following:

Home Depot: Spokeswoman Sara Gorman said her company will “continue to work to ensure our associates, both in Georgia and across the country, have the information and resources to vote.”

Coca-Cola: Spokeswoman Ann Moore said her company’s ultimate goal is “fair, secure elections where access to voting is broad-based and inclusive.”

Delta Airlines: Spokeswoman Lisa Hanna said that “ensuring an election system that promotes broad voter participation, equal access to the polls, and fair, secure elections processes are critical to voter confidence.”

Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce: Spokesman Dave Williams said his organization will “continue to work closely with members of the Georgia General Assembly to help facilitate a balanced approach to the election bills that have been introduced this session.”

• Southern Company: Spokesman Demetrius Sherrod declined comment.

As The Star News reported last week, former State Rep. Jeff Jones said the Georgia Chamber of Commerce influences the agenda of House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge). This, Jones went on to say, even though that agenda favors large corporate entities and  sometimes frustrates average Georgians’ best interests.

Jones said, “the Georgia Chamber of Commerce is not the friend of the average Georgia citizen.”

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]

 

 

 

 

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2 Thoughts to “Leftists Tell Georgia’s Biggest Corporations, Like Coca-Cola, to Stand with Them Against Voter Integrity Bills”

  1. Dave

    The ad claims to speak for Georgia citizens. Well, you are not speaking for me or many others who were disenfranchised in the previous election cycle because of the illegal actions taken by the Secretary of State. I would like to know who is funding this ad? I doubt its Georgians.

  2. Be Ba

    The disenfranchised voters demand that our elections be fair and above board. There was a time when businesses had the good sense to stay out of politics. Who are these people who have a problem with honest elections? Is this more of Zukerberg money? Mail in ballots is open for fraud and this is why they want it. Every American should be proud to go to the polls and cast a vote unless you are sick and disabled or out of town.

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