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Growing Coalition of Companies Reignites Efforts to Get US Voters to the Polls
As Sarah Bonk, founder of Business for America, told Sustainable Brands: “More and more, purpose-driven companies are recognizing that that they cannot achieve their ESG goals when our democracy is not functioning well or delivering solutions to voters."
Jan 27, 2020
Advocacy Groups Push Senate to Include Election Security Money in Funding Bill
A group of advocacy organizations are pushing the Senate to include election security funds in the upcoming continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government.
Nov 12, 2019
Colorado Business Roundtable podcast: Connect & Collaborate
Colorado Business Roundtable daily radio show/podcast Connect & Collaborate - Host Alex Hopkins talks with Founder Sarah Bonk and Policy Director Richard Eidlin about Business for America, why healthy representative democracy is good for business, and how the business community can get involved.
Jun 9, 2019
All Together Now on Progressive Radio Network
Host Eleanor LeCain discusses engaging business to strengthen our representative democracy with Sarah Bonk, who left her career at Apple to found Business for America.
May 9, 2019
Five Bellwether Moments from the ‘Unrig the System’ Reformers Convention
One of the best-attended panel discussions Saturday was led by a former Apple executive, Sarah Bonk, now working full time to sell the notion that the influence which corporate interests have over the government will only be weakened if a critical mass of American businesses conclude it's in their best interests.
Apr 1, 2019
Senate Candidates to Begin e-Filing Campaign Finance Reports
Added Sarah Bonk, founder of Business for America: “Kudos to the Senate for embracing this commonsense provision leveraging better use of technology to increase transparency and accountability, while simultaneously reducing complexity and saving taxpayer money. We need to continue to find ways to deploy better technology and best practices to make government work better for everyone.”
Sep 21, 2018
Watchdog Groups Urge House to Pass Anti-Corruption Rules
The letter was organized by Issue One and co-signed by a number of liberal, conservative and nonpartisan watchdog groups, including Business for America, Common Cause, MapLight and the R Street Institute.
Sep 6, 2018
New Political Advocacy Group Helping Business Leaders Use Their Voices on The Hill
A new nonpartisan political advocacy group wants to help business leaders use their voices on the Hill.
Jul 7, 2017
Tech week could signal thaw between Trump and industry
The administration's emphasis on tech, and its growing influence on the U.S. economy, is “largely symbolic, but symbols are important in politics,” says Sarah Bonk. “There are opportunities, as there were during the Obama Administration, to create a more sane tax policy and address the jobs and skills gaps,” she says.
Jun 20, 2017
Tech CEOs visit White House to discuss modernizing government
“We applaud the American Technology Council for helping to improve services for the American public. However, the work needs to go deeper to improve how government itself works through elections and policymaking.”
Jun 19, 2017
Articles & Op-Eds
The New Opportunity in Corporate Citizenship: Corporate Civic Responsibility
"But ask anyone whether they think the current level of polarization in our politics and the gridlock it creates in Washington is sustainable and most will say that it is not. Just as our natural world is under threat, our civic world is under threat too. It’s hard to see how a business that takes social responsibility seriously shouldn’t also be concerned about the health of our democracy, our politics, and our civic life."
Jun 1, 2019
Opinion: Why Well-run Elections Are a Business Issue
Chris Jacobs, CEO of Communally in the Philadelphia Business Journal: "The longer we wait to implement these common-sense solutions, the more our reputation and self-image will suffer — both outside Pennsylvania and here in the Keystone State, where some residents and businesses are becoming so disenchanted that they are reluctant to start new business ventures, run for office or, sadly, even vote. This lack of confidence can prove harmful to Pennsylvania’s economy."
Apr 29, 2019
Democracy Is Good for Business
BFA Board Member Matt Douglass: "As business leaders… we should all be able to recognize is that for America to thrive and innovate in an increasingly competitive global economy, we need strong, uncorrupted, fairly regulated markets. To reach that ideal, we must first protect and strengthen the democratic foundations of our elections. I invite every business leader across the nation to join me in fighting for a more democratic democracy for all Americans…"
Mar 12, 2019
How Business Can Strengthen Democracy in the U.S.
Ecos CEO and BFA member Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks: "For the business community, preserving democracy is more than a matter of principle – it's an urgent economic priority. An unstable political system distracts from other challenges facing our country, hinders economic progress and competitiveness, and damages the very fabric of our society."
Mar 1, 2019
US Business Leaders Must Give Washington a Wake-up Call
Charles Kolb & Dylan Ratigan: "There’s a clear connection between our political dysfunction and our economic woes. For decades, we’ve endured partisan gridlock, outmoded bureaucracy, unreliable elections, and an increasingly unpredictable political environment. It’s no surprise that last fall, a Harvard Business School report found that our dysfunctional political environment is the number one drag on U.S. economic competitiveness."
Jul 25, 2017
April 4, 2020
Business Leaders’ Call for Vote-by-Mail Connects COVID-19 Public Health Crisis With Urgent Need for Safe Elections
February 19, 2020
Business for America Survey Shows 95% of Americans Think Businesses Should Make Sure Employees Have Time to Vote
March 1, 2019
Business for America to Appear at Unrig the System Summit
June 3, 2019
Business for America launches Corporate Civic Responsibility initiative
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