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On June 17, Business for America and the Niskanen Center presented the third Divided We Fall webinar focused on how businesses — through campaign contributions, lobbying, and other political activities — contribute to political and social polarization in America, the negative consequences, and what companies can do to reverse these harmful trends.

BFA’s Sarah Bonk and Richard Eidlin were joined by Elizabeth Doty, director of the Corporate Political Responsibility Taskforce at the Erb Institute at University of Michigan; David Clunie, executive director of the Black Economic Alliance; and Bruce Freed, president and co-founder of the Center for Political Accountability —…

On June 3, Business for America and the Niskanen Center presented session 2 of the Divided We Fall webinar series: “Corporate Civic Responsibility: Why leading businesses want to change our civic culture.” This session featured three leading voices from the private sector, academia, and nonprofit community to discuss the how polarization impacts businesses and their workforces, and why companies must address these divisions for the sake of their business — and for our country.

The polarization in American politics seeps into the workplace, causing conflicts and distraction, thereby impacting the bottom line through reduced productivity. Employees look to — and…

In May, Business for America and the Niskanen Center kicked off a four-part webinar series focused on how the nation’s social and political polarization impacts our businesses, employees, and communities. “Divided We Fall: How Business Can Depolarize the U.S.” features scholars, business leaders, and civic leaders offering insights into how polarization jeopardizes our nation’s democracy and its people — and how business can shift and positively impact the current dynamic.

Session 2, on June 3 at 12 PM EDT, will focus on “Corporate Civic Responsibility: Why leading businesses want to change our civic culture.”

In partnership with nonpartisan voting rights and civil rights groups across the country, Business for America joined the national John Lewis Day of Action and issued the following statement on May 8, 2021, encouraging Congress to pass HR4 to honor Congressman Lewis and protect voting rights.

On May 8 John Lewis Day of Action, Business for America Calls for Passage of HR4

Business for America is proud to support the events of this Saturday, May 8th, the national John Lewis Day of Action with local events and “votercades” in over 100 locations throughout the US. …

In light of recent actions by the Georgia legislature and pending legislation in multiple states that will limit voting access, Business for America issued the following statement on April 2, 2021, encouraging a bipartisan approach to protect voting rights.

It’s Time for American Businesses to Stand Up for Voting Rights

Democracy depends on every voter having free and fair access to vote without discrimination and without undue obstacles. Everyone deserves the opportunity to be heard, and governments should be working to make it easier to vote, not harder. Equal voting rights are essential to confidence in our nation’s government and to our economic health.

Unfortunately, new measures across the country are…

In the wake of the 2020 election, many of us have been caught up in the presidential transition and upcoming runoff in Georgia. But before the year is over, it’s time to take stock of how state and local political reform ballot measures fared and what the impact will be. A number of initiatives aimed at increasing competition in the political process, reducing polarization, and expanding the voting franchise were approved by voters across the country. These changes are great for voters — as well as the business community.

Business for America (BFA) previously wrote about three ballot measures to…

(For those of us who haven’t taken a U.S. civics class recently)

With Election Day right around the corner, we put together a few helpful reminders to get you and your team through the last leg of Election 2020.

The U.S. votes for president by an electoral college

Rather than voting directly for president on November 3rd, each state will in fact be voting for electors. Elector numbers are determined by the number of senators plus the number of representatives each state has (with 3 assigned to Washington, D.C.) Combined, these 538 electors make up the electoral college. In order to win the election, a candidate must have a majority of electors (270+) vote for them. …

With Election Day just around the corner, the businesses community continues to make an impact with Operation Vote Safe, helping to keep voters and poll workers safe and votes secure in 2020.

Hims & Hers

Hims & Hers is dedicated to ensuring people have easy and affordable access to quality wellness products, prescriptions, and medical advice. Through the telehealth company’s online platform, Hims & Hers makes seeking care possible for anyone, no matter where they live. …

Amidst public health and security challenges, there are new nonpartisan tools to help companies get involved in the final days of the campaign

by Sarah Bonk and Ben Ptashnik

There’s a growing consensus in America’s private sector: a smooth, secure, and accessible election is essential to our economic stability. Analysts at JP Morgan Chase recently concluded that the market will respond less to the question of which candidate is elected and more to the question of whether there is a well-administered contest with a clear result and peaceful transfer of power.

As members of the business community, our interest in successful election administration shouldn’t simply be about economic questions. It’s about the integrity of our institutions.

While election management should never be privatized…

As individuals, many of us are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Election Day, the day we hear final election results, and the day we finally stop refreshing our Twitter feeds every 5 minutes. As businesses, we also immediately wonder what the election will mean for our employees, our customers, and our bottom line.‍

In 2016 many Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike, reported that after Election Day they felt the political climate left them with significant emotional stress that lasted for months after the election concluded. In 2020, election stress is exacerbated by a worldwide pandemic, economic downturn, and racial justice…

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