100 top CEOs and business leaders have agreed to band together and fight 'restrictive' voting laws designed to strengthen the integrity of elections, such as voter ID, after a weekend Zoom summit during which the CEOs threatened to withhold campaign contributions and punish states by pulling investments in factories, stadiums and other projects and endorsements.
According to Axios, the call included "a long list of business luminaries, including James Murdoch, Ken Chenault, Ken Frazier, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, and executives of Delta, United and American Airlines," which expanded on a March initiative by 72 black executives to oppose election legislation in Georgia deemed to suppress the vote (yet nobody can articulate how).
During the call, Kenneth Chenault, the former CEO of American Express, and Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of Merck & Co., asked the leaders to "collectively call for greater voting access," according to the Wall Street Journal.
Chenault and Frazier, two of the most prominent Black business leaders in the US, also reportedly told businesses not to walk away from the voting right issue and requested that CEOs sign a statement "opposing what they view as discriminatory legislation on voting." -Business Insider
"CEOs who participated in a live poll indicated they will re-evaluate donations to candidates supporting bills that restrict voting rights and many would reconsider investments in states which act upon such proposals," read a post-summit statement.
According to the Journal, the initiative is also backed by AMC CEO Adam Aron, Estée Lauder Cos. director Lynn Forester de Rothschild, and CyberCore Technologies CEO Tina Kuhn. Twitter and CBS News leaders were also invited.
The weekend call built on a March effort by 72 black executives led by Chenault and Frazer, which itself was based in part on of the effort is based on a lie the mainstream media peddled about Georgia's voting law (SB 202) that voting hours would be restricted, when in fact they were expanded.
The Zoom call - which consisted of 90 CEOs and 30 other experts and aides - comes 10 days after Major League Baseball signaled its virtue by moving the All Star Game from Atlanta to one of the whitest cities in America.
In short, corporate America is making sweeping economic threats to states which pass laws designed to improve election integrity.
Meanwhile, GOP leaders including Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have pushed back against the woke CEOs, accusing them of adhering to "cancel culture." McConnell also warned the CEOs not to become "a vehicle for far-left mobs."