I go to McDonald’s for relatively cheap, quality-standardized fast food, not for the consensus political opinion of the company’s corporate leadership…


McDonald’s has paused all of its political giving and is reviewing its policies on donations in the aftermath of an attack on the U.S. Capitol last week by backers of outgoing President Donald Trump.

“We have already paused all of our political giving while we review our policies and procedures,” the company said in a statement emailed to Restaurant Business. “Going forward, we will ensure that all contributions continue to align with our values and the purpose of our business.”

[OCS: Your values should be value-priced good fast food, a clean and safe environment, fair treatment of employees, and respect for your community. The purpose of the company is to provide an acceptable return on the shareholder’s investment.]

McDonald’s itself gives little to political candidates. But it has a political action committee (PAC) that takes donations from employees and franchisees and makes donations. That committee is active, having given more than $500,000 to candidates for federal political office during the most recent election cycle, according to data from Open Secrets.

[OCS: I was not aware that the PAC polled their donors before dispensing political largess.]

Nearly two-thirds of those funds went to Republican candidates. And more than $100,000 went to Republicans who voted against the certification of the November election of President-Elect Joe Biden.

A McDonald’s spokesperson said the company’s pause on political giving includes the PAC.

The moves came days after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol, leading to five deaths, numerous injuries, and considerable damage. The attack, which came after Trump urged his supporters to march to the Capitol, led the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach the president for a second time on Wednesday.

[OCS: First, I distinctly heard President Trump say, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” Second, it was a relatively few numbers of individuals that entered the Capitol building when compared with the overall size of the crowd. Third, it appears that the crowd was seeded with hardcore Antifa and Black Lives Matter agitators who had gas masks, ballistic vests, and improvised weapons. And fourth, it appears that a number of the individuals were driven by the excitement of the moment and the opportunity to take selfies and grab souvenirs. Those who were entering the Capitol complex grounds did so even before the President finished his speech.]

McDonald’s quickly took a stand on the attack last week. CEO Chris Kempczinski on Friday sent a letter to the system condemning the attacks and endorsing a statement from a group of U.S. business leaders blaming Trump and other politicians for inciting the violence.

[OCS: I wonder how CEO Chris Kempczinski explains why McDonald’s Global Headquarters is located in Chicago, a city famous for its political corruption and located in a state noted for the number of jailed politicians? But really, I want Kempczinski to improve the company’s often out-of-service soft-serve ice cream machines and leave the McRib sandwich on the menu.]

McDonald’s political action committee donated $504,000 to federal candidates during the 2020 election cycle, 63% of which went to Republicans, according to Open Secrets.

The committee did not donate to any of the six senators who voted against certification. But it donated heavily to representatives that voted against certification. Its donations include $7,500 to Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, and $10,000 to North Carolina’s Virginia Foxx. <Source>

[OCS: Why these politicians and not others?]

Bottom line…

Enough is enough. Let the media moguls, tech tyrants, and corporate captains donate their personal funds to the politicians of their choice. Quit dipping into the corporate till to virtue-signal your wokeness. Especially not spending corporate funds on racist Marxist groups bent on revolution and destroying the very capitalist system that allowed America to grow and prosper.

Enough of this bullshit. Do your job and make your company and America better.

-- steve

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

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“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

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