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1532 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 17, 2012 7:47 PM by erik-k RSS
Jim66441 Amateur 25 posts since
Apr 24, 2009
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Aug 22, 2011 12:09 PM

Boycott New Balance

Jim Davis, chairman of New Balance, gave $500K to Mitt Romney's campaign shortly after Romney signed the anti-LGBT National Organization for Marriage pledge which, among other items, promises to introduce a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and to overturn Washington DC's legalization of equal marriage rights.

 

Send a message to New Balance that prejudice is NOT a value that the running community shares.

 

http://www.metroweekly.com/news/last_word/2011/08/new-balance-chairman-gives-500.html

  • RunBetter Amateur 31 posts since
    Jan 7, 2012
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    1. Jan 17, 2012 7:27 PM (in response to Jim66441)
    Boycott New Balance

    I agree that Jim Davis may not share the opinion of the running comunity, but at the same time, New Balence as a whole is one of the only shoe producers to manufacture their products in the US, and that has earned the company as a whole my respect.

  • erik-k Expert 36 posts since
    Mar 4, 2011
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    2. Jan 17, 2012 7:47 PM (in response to Jim66441)
    Boycott New Balance

    Bit of a zombie thread, but

     

    Going back to the original sources, http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/60329.html reported on July 31 that "A new Super PAC created to support Mitt Romney raised $12.2 million in the first half of the year entirely from high-dollar contributors" ... "Also giving half-million were New York hedge fund manager Louis Bacon and James Davis, the Boston-based Chairman of New Balance shoes"

     

    Then, http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0811/Romney_signs_marriage_pledge.html on August 4th reported "Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has joined Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Sen. Pennsylvania Rick Santorum in signing a pledge to oppose same-sex marriage on a number of specific fronts."

     

    So the New Balance exec donated in the first half of the year, well before Romney made his reach to the hardcore right. I don't see any evidence that he made this donation shortly after Romney's signing of NOM. And on the very link provided, New Balance distanced itself from the personal donations of the chairman, "Mr. Romney’s position on this issue is not reflective of Jim Davis', my or New Balance’s position and support of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered community."

     

    So if Davis' donation was made long before Romney's decision, and New Balance as a company has publically said they don't support that position, what would anybody want him to do? Davis can't go get the money back.

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