Pepsi’s Politicized Charitable Giving Again Under Fire

Indra Nooyi photoThe American Family Association (AFA) is criticizing PepsiCo’s financial support of activist groups promoting gay marriage. PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation are major funders of the Human Rights Campaign, and a group called Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

AFA president Don Wildmon is asking PepsiCo to become “neutral” on the issue of gay marriage by ending support for the groups. Wildmon’s complaints echo those of NLPC, made in 2006 and 2007, of a liberal political bias in the company’s giving. At that time, NLPC objected to PepsiCo’s financial support for groups founded by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

In 2006 and 2007, NLPC sponsored shareholder proposals that would have required PepsiCo to disclose its charitable giving, and most importantly, provide a business rationale for each gift. NLPC’s interest in PepsiCo’s charitable giving is based on shareholder rights.

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CRLA Files Suit to Stop Construction of Dairy: Alleges Cow Flatulence Causes Global Warming

In October 2008, the LSC-funded California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) and the Center for Biological Diversity sued the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District for approving the construction of a 6,120-animal dairy in Fresno County without considering the proposed dairy’s impact on the scientifically-unproven global warming threat.

CRLA said the proposed dairy violated the California Environmental Quality Act by not requiring equipment that converts methane gas – a product of cow flatulence – into energy. Matt Vespa of the Center for Biological Diversity, said, “By illegally downplaying the project’s impact on global warming, human health and the environment, the air district squandered a critically important opportunity to incorporate solutions…to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutions from dairies.”

The mission of LSC-funded programs like CRLA is to assist the poor in their routine civil legal needs such as landlord disputes. It is questionable, to say the least, that the poor … Read More ➡

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