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How to Ensure You Aren’t Investing in Woke Corporations

AMAC Exclusive – by Seamus Brennan

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As the forces of woke capitalism continue to terrorize ordinary Americans, right-leaning investors find themselves in a difficult position. The left’s ever-tightening grip on American corporations has led many conservatives to unknowingly buy stock in companies that embrace wokeism. But now, conservatives and others who do not subscribe to the tenets of woke politics have a way to ensure their investments are not directed to people and companies that are actively working against their values through an organization called 2ndVote, along with affiliated companies 2ndVote Advisers and 2ndVote Funds.

Andy Puzder, an Advisory Board Member for 2ndVote Advisers – as well as the former CEO of CKE Restaurants and President Trump’s first nominee for Secretary of Labor – told AMAC Newsline that 2ndVote’s investment philosophy is consistent with that of economist Milton Friedman, who believed companies “should focus on returns for shareholders” and that “companies that focus on profit will be more profitable than companies that don’t.” Capitalism, he continued, “is the only economic system that ties your success to meeting the needs of other people,” going on to claim that businesses’ sole focus should be the generation of profits.

“We don’t want them out there trying to change the world,” Puzder said in reference to CEOs and management teams imposing progressive values onto their investors. “We have a political system that we rely on to make those kinds of decisions. The reason we have the business community is to create prosperity and abundance and opportunity for people, and when you try and manipulate the business sector so that it’s no longer trying to advance the interests of investors, you’ll see the economy decline. And that would be bad for everybody.”

2ndVote Advisors President and CEO Daniel Grant echoed Puzder’s sentiments, telling AMAC Newsline that “a lot of people in this country are patronizing” progressive companies, which are then “turning around and using their profits in a way that people are unaware of, and if they [were] aware, would not agree with. And if you invest in these companies, essentially, you are being taxed by these companies to fund a social justice agenda that you would not agree with.”

Grant went on to reaffirm the organization’s primary objective as incentivizing companies “to focus on creating shareholder value, focus on traditional charity, and leave the social justice engineering to the individual—which is where it should be.” “Free market capitalism,” he continued, “benefits all of us.”

2ndVote has been working for years to educate consumers “to make informed decisions that align their dollars with their values, empowering them to impact corporate/organization activism.” The group uses information, including corporate donations, documentation of sponsorships for political events, and lobbying efforts to score companies and charities on a 1-5 scale from “liberal” to “conservative” to determine their political leanings—with the ultimate goal of eliminating the “stakeholder capitalism” trend that has led corporate America to increasingly promote a progressive agenda.

Though 2ndVote supports companies that its scale finds to be “neutral” as well as those it finds to be “conservative,” its score system rates companies on six different issues that conservatives tend to care about most, including abortion, First Amendment rights, Second Amendment rights, civil society (including border security and law enforcement), education, and the environment. These six issues are used to determine a composite score, which conservative or libertarian investors can use to direct their dollars in the “right” direction.

2ndVote Advisers, a sister company to 2ndVote, is the “first and only investment adviser” that reviews companies’ environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investment criteria to guarantee all investments are “ESG Neutral,” so that right-of-center Americans “no longer have to compromise their values for a return on investment.” 2ndVote Advisers prides itself on advocating for “profitability over politics” and seeks to return the United States economy to a more free market system where politics are kept out of the board room.

According to an April 2021 poll conducted by Scott Rasmussen, 66 percent of American adults believe companies should avoid taking positions on political issues, but only 43 percent claim to know the political positions of the companies they patronize. Until every conservative investor is aware of what causes his or her money is being used to advance, conservatives, libertarians, 2ndVote and other such organizations have a critical role to play in defeating “woke capitalism”.

In an era when everything from Major League Baseball to soft drinks has become politicized, the health of our society and the strength of our democracy may depend on it.

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Karen
1 month ago

Have no intentions of investing in any company. Can’t trust them.

Donald L Schmidt
1 month ago

I don’t want to be just investing, I would like a list of companies selling products. Try buying something made in the U. S. from Amazon.

Rik
1 month ago

Get educated People, many great comments already but it seems the “bigger” the company, the less We can “trust” them!

Art
1 month ago

WOKE! GREEN NEW DEAL! WHATEVER. IF YOU ARE MANAGING YOUR OWN ACCOUNTS, SHOULD BE EASY TO DISCERN WHERE YOUR FUNDS GO. IN ANOTHER VENUE YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FINANCIAL ADVISOR IS EXECUTING YOUR REQUESTS FOR YOU. SOME COMPANIES SUCH AS BISSELL, HAVE A HISTORY OF OUTSTANDING SUPPORT FOR ISSUES IN THEIR CASE IT IS HOMELESS ANIMALS. THERE ARE MANY COMPANIES THAT ARE NOT TOTALLY INVOLVED IN POLITICS. USE YOUR GUT AND BRAIN. FIGHT BACK AGAINST THIS OBSCENE CORPORATE INVOLVEMENT. THE POWER OF THE LOBBYISTS IS AWESOME.

Robert
1 month ago

It’s widespread.. and it isn’t going to get better, in fact it will get worse.Some say that I am a Bible thumper, but, in reality, it is all unfolding, the subconscious of many is being awoke by the evils that is rising.And to place it with biblical terms, that is just it.Our founders and populations of past, prided themselves with attributes that was worthy to emulate.But today we have left those very principles..and as time passes it is becoming like a cancer that needs treatment in the most servere way, if in fact to survive another 2,4, 10 years.All direction and understanding come from a biblical perspective, with we allow ourselves to become humbled to the teachings of christ..and humankind can coexist..But money is made through the chaos, until a conservative standpoint is truly implemented through out all structures of governing and the systems that are attached..we all are targets..And truth be known, we in America have become two countries, from two different spectrums.. half is about free will and preservation and conservatism.. the other half is feral, lawless and disobedient to any rule that is worthy of adhering to.And these corporate monsters are no different .

Kevin
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

Love you Bible thumper. You are not a thumper just a teller of truth!! Jesus is coming back soon.

Roger
1 month ago
Reply to  Kevin

How soon is the question. Take a look at this article in Decision Magazine:
decisionmagazine.com/when-all-the-world-hears/
We need revivals around this nation and the world. Read Steve Smith’s books: No place left (books 1 & 2) These are fiction but have a real message. Look at what is happening at our southern border – about 200,000 migrants in August and now around 15,000 Haitians near Texas. The Democrats are working to get us controlled by the U.N. Check out the idea of Fedcoin – no more cash and government control of how you spend your money: churches without your tithe.

D. Brown
1 month ago

These “woke” companies make me sick and angry. They think they are insulating themselves from the “mob” by throwing money at them. I wish the backlash against them to be swift, widespread, overwhelming, and severe!

Deborah
1 month ago

How do we know what company’s are supporting woke is there a website we can go to to see the list who support causes as planned Parenthood or Democrat and there agendas.

TomSJr
1 month ago
Reply to  Deborah

Unless a particular website lists all the so-called ‘woke’ companies that support liberals policies, the only way you will know is to look up the Donations they give via this web site: opensecrets . org, which tells you all this.

Netflix DONATIONS, UBER LIBERAL,
Employees have sent 98% of their political contributions to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets website.

IBM DONATIONS:
Democrats – $1,496,234 (90%), Republicans – $163,804 (10%)

Alphabet (Google) DONATIONS
Democrats – $5,437,048 (88%), Republicans – $766,920 (12%)

Microsoft DONATIONS
Democrats – $3,969,072 (85%), Republicans – $690,953 (15%)

Apple DONATIONS
Democrats – $1,243,825 (84%), Republicans – $228,653 (16%)

PayPal DONATIONS
Democrats – $145,483 (84%) Republicans – $27,529 (16%)

Amazon DONATIONS
Democrats – $2,677,112 (77%), Republicans – $783,349 (23%)

Nvidia DONATIONS
Democrats – $154,466 (93%), Republicans

Adobe DONATIONS
Democrats – $401,937 (93%), Republicans – $28,137 (7%)

PEOPLE BETTER START PAYING ATTENTION and find alternatives or you and I will be STUCK bowing down to these people, which I WILL NEVER DO.

The GREATEST THING ABOUT AMERICA is <b>competition</b>. THERE ARE ALWAYS ALTERNATIVES, IF YOU LOOK, but some people are too lazy to look. Those are the same people who believe 2nd and 3rd-hand information.

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TomSJr
1 month ago
Reply to  TomSJr

Prominent brands giving money TO BLACK LIVES MATTER include Amazon, Microsoft, Nabisco, Gatorade, Airbnb, and the Atlantic and Warner record labels.

“The Daily Signal previously reported that the website for the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation notes that replacing the nuclear family structure and promoting the LGBT political agenda are central to its mission. A co-founder also has said that she and other “trained Marxists” formed the network foundation. ”

FROM THE DAILY SIGNAL:
DONATIONS TO BLM:
DoorDash Inc., which delivers prepared food, gave $500,000 to the organization.
Deckers gave $500,000.
Amazon gave $10 MILLION.
Gatorade gave $500,000.
Microsoft gave $250,000.
Nabisco gave $500,000
Dropbox gave $500,000
Fitbit (non-disclosed amount)
Tinder (non-disclosed amount)

<b>THERE ARE MANY MORE COMPANIES THAT GAVE TO BLM.</b>
Coca-Cola
Ritz Crackers (part of Nabisco)

09-08-21 Corporations Fueling the ‘Defund the Police’ Movement

https://freedomheadlines.com/freedom-wire/heres-a-list-of-corporations-fueling-the-defund-the-police-movement/

RITZ Crackers announced on June 4 that the company and its sister brands — OREO, Trident and Chips Ahoy! — had donated $500,000 to the NAACP and Black Lives Matter.

Degree pledged $100,000 to Black Lives Matter, the deodorant company announced in a June 1 tweet.

Food delivery service DoorDash donated $500,000 to Black Lives Matter, along with donations to other racial justice groups, the company announced in a June blog post.

Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield and his wife announced they would make a $700,000 donation to Color of Change, Black Lives Matter and a host of other organizations in June, Protocol reported. The couple also said they would match $300,000 in employee gifts to organizations.

Clothing brand Vans Inc. announced a $50,000 donation to Color of Change in June, according to the Orange County Business Journal.

Women’s working space collective, The Wing, donated $200,000 to Color of Change in June, according to Protocol.

The Pokémon Company International company announced on Twitter in June it would be making a $100,000 donation to Black Lives Matter.

Fashion and music merchandising company Bravado pledged to match employee donations to Black Lives Matter, among various other organizations, Protocol reported.

So, I did my homework and everyone else needs to do theirs.

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ShellzNCheez
1 month ago
Reply to  TomSJr

Add Target to this list.

Karen E Johnson
1 month ago
Reply to  TomSJr

Add to this, my opinion, this list showing donations to BLM et al, you may as well say they were donations to the Democratic party …

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Karen E Johnson
1 month ago
Reply to  TomSJr

What I would also like to see is a List of “where to shop!” … Where to put our donations and investments, a list of who to support because in addition to these list, it would make it easier for me personally to see where I am to go because I see where the corps and companies I am to avoid …

Bernie
1 month ago
Reply to  Deborah

I clicked on the link “2nd Vote” in one of the paragraphs above and was directed to the 2nd Vote page. I found a page where you can enter a company’s name and it will come up with a score rating how liberal (1) to conservative (5) that company is. They are also colored coded. There is a link from there to see how much the company donates to different causes, Border Security, education, climate, etc, but you are asked to donate to 2nd vote for that extra info. I can’t donate right now, but it would be very interesting to know how it all breaks down. Hope that helps.

Rick
1 month ago

Love this idea but think they should consider not inviting users to follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. If those aren’t “woke” companies, I don’t know who is! :-)

Kristin
1 month ago
Reply to  Rick

Amen. I use neither of those platforms, and will never again.

ShellzNCheez
1 month ago
Reply to  Rick

Caucus Room is for conservatives.

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Rick

You can add many (a majority I would estimate) that are “woke” companies disguised as News companies.

Jane CA
1 month ago

You didn’t mention AARP ! How much money goes to the democratic party? I see they are targeting young people now. My Dad was a member and he never got anything they promised.

Bev
1 month ago
Reply to  Jane CA

AARP is a left wing socialist organization and not to be trusted. They do not represent seniors!

TomSJr
1 month ago
Reply to  Bev

THIS ALMOST ALWAYS HAPPENS when an organization changes out a CEO. Sometimes, I think liberals PLAN IT THAT WAY……….start out LYING to their consumers so they will rush to them and then REVEAL THEIR TRUE NATURE by replacing the CEO with a NAZI-STYLE liberal.

AMAC has been consistently conservative.
AARP is all over the place………………….BAD NEWS.

Jerry
1 month ago
Reply to  Bev

AARP promoted Obummercare.

Roz
1 month ago
Reply to  Jane CA

Try AMAC membership great benefits for conservative seniors

TomSJr
1 month ago
Reply to  Jane CA

We dropped AARP when they gave a ton of money to OBAMA’S CAMPAIGN IN 2008. These organizations that represent Seniors SHOULD NOT BE POLITICAL IN ANY WAY! This is why we went to AMAC! I also get my Supplemental Insurance for Medicare from AMAC. Some really good deals. I have only had to change my supplemental when Everest kept raising my rates 3 times within 2 years and I AM IN VERY GOOD HEALTH! So, I got another one and it is better than the previous. AN INFORMED CONSUMER IS A WISE CONSUMER, PROVIDED THEY DON’T THEIR INFORMATION FROM LIBERAL WEBSITES.

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PaulE
1 month ago

Good option for people that neither have the time nor the inclination to research their potential investments themselves. You certainly cannot trust the financial media to do the job, as many rely heavily on advertising revenue from a lot of woke corporations these days.

Of course the average investor can also just read the annual and quarterly reports of any publicly traded companies they are interested in potentially investing in beforehand too. Do your own homework and know what you are buying before you invest anything. That was good advice decades ago and it is still good advice today. It is incredibly easy to spot if a company is woke by a number of tells in their reports.

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