Sunday, December 16, 2007

Embedded Giving and the Public Good

Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, announced plans on Friday to introduce legislation next week to better regulate embedded giving, the fast-growing fund-raising practice that involves building a gift to charity into everyday purchases.

TampaBay Blue reminds our readers to consider a corporation's history before you give at the check-out. Can you really assume that companies are sincere in their charitable solicitations when they opposed Florida's Amendment 3 in 2006 or the increase in the minimum wage?

When Florida's ballot included an amendment to increase the minimum wage there were many Republican and corporate opponents:
Restaurant and retailers associations backed a TV ad that likened the minimum wage to one more hurricane for the then-storm-ravaged state. "A jobs killer in a category all its own."

Remember the doublespeak of the so-called Coalition to Save Florida Jobs?

One gets an idea by reviewing Carl Hiassen's essay, "Special interests behind push for Amendment 3" for a list of companies and entities who opposed Amendment 3 in 2006: Among the industry lobby groups and big-name companies that didn't trust Floridians to shape their own constitution:

National Association of Home Builders,
Blue Cross/Blue Shield,
The Florida Association of Realtors,
U.S. Sugar,
The St. Joe Co.,
Lykes Bros. Inc.,
Florida Chamber of Commerce and
Publix (where shopping might be a pleasure, but civic activism is apparently an annoyance).

A stronger better paid working class is far better than charity. Publix and Outback should support working people and should not have sought to suppress an increase in the minimum wage.

Outback Restaurant.

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