CEO’s Not Giving Political $$$$… Preach.

The other day when I was writing my article on Howard Schultz, Starbucks Founder and CEO, regarding his cancellation of a speaking appearance at Willow Creek, I saw him on CNN talking about his disgust with the partisan politics happening that is ruining our economy, and country. Schultz, live on TV, said he was a registered Democrat, and is not only dissapointed in Obama, but decided to not give any money to political campaigns until our country’s economy turns around and politicians start governing without the constant finger-pointing, fighting and engaging in the skilled art of argumentative tactics of five year olds trying to talk their way out of getting punished.

I saw an article today that Schultz has put his money where his mouth is and signed up over 100 other CEO’s who have pledged not to donate any money to political campaigns. Wow. That’s freaking sweet.

If money is seemingly one of the only things that speaks to a majority of politicans these days, then let’s speak right back to them by not contributing. You can join Schultz’s Facebook group regarding this non-giving campaign. And here is the campaign’s website for more information. I’ve already pledged to not contribute.

Politicians logic for most of my life has been: The more money given, the more change that can be created. Well, it hasn’t worked. It’s time to create change doing to opposite.

Much love. 

About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).