Starbucks CEO: Hold back donations to D.C. pols
Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz is brewing up a boycott of contributions to the campaigns of Washington politicians as a way of breaking the ongoing stalemate in D.C. politics.
If money talks, Schultz figures, it's time to shut off the cash in protest of the inaction in the nation's capital.
As CBS News Correspondent Ben Tracy reported on "The Early Show" Monday, Schultz's frustration seems to mirror that of most Americans tired of the lack of productivity from their elected officials.
A whopping 82 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll -- Congress' worst rating in 40 years.
It began with an e-mail from Schultz to Starbucks employees in which he expressed frustration over "the lack of cooperation and irresponsibility among elected officials as they have put partisan agendas before the people's agenda."
The e-mail struck a nerve.
By the end of the week, support from some 50 other business honchos convinced Schultz to put action behind his words and call for a halt of contributions by individuals and corporations until Washington gets its act together.
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