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Costco chairman, CEO give $95,000 each to defeat Bush
The News Tribune - Tacoma, WA ^ | 02/05/05 | Bloomberg

Posted on 02/05/2004 10:38:34 AM PST by ARA

I just thought everyone should see this article...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: 2004; bushhaters; costco; donors; freespeech
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I just tore up my membership card...
1 posted on 02/05/2004 10:38:39 AM PST by ARA
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To: ARA
We didn't renew ours when it came due. It was inconvenient to shop at the one near us. Now, I'm glad.
2 posted on 02/05/2004 10:41:23 AM PST by petitfour
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To: ARA
Wallmart/Sams supports the Clintonista's...now Costco as well...
they must be planning on moving to Europe cashing in on China's new move
3 posted on 02/05/2004 10:42:15 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: ARA
ISSAQUAH: Costco chairman, CEO give $95,000 each to defeat Bush

Bloomberg News

Costco Wholesale Corp. Chairman Jeffrey Brotman and CEO James Sinegal gave $95,000 each in December to a political fund that aims to defeat President Bush in the November election, records filed with the Internal Revenue Service show.

Brotman and Sinegal were among 25 people who gave a combined $7.9 million to the Joint Victory Campaign 2004 fund, which seeks to "change the course of the country away from the Bush administration's radical agenda" and elect "progressive" candidates, according to the fund's Web site.

The loss of 2 million jobs during the Bush administration, the decision to invade Iraq, and cuts in social programs led him to donate to the fund, said Sinegal of the Issaquah-based discount stores.

(Published 12:01AM, February 4th, 2004)
4 posted on 02/05/2004 10:42:26 AM PST by ambrose ("Only The Toes Know...")
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To: ARA
What's a Costco?
5 posted on 02/05/2004 10:42:30 AM PST by 4mycountry (If new people are newbies.... does that make me an oldbie?)
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To: ARA
Notice how effective CFR is.
6 posted on 02/05/2004 10:42:51 AM PST by petitfour
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To: joesnuffy
Maybe they will also give to the Repubs...covering all their bases
7 posted on 02/05/2004 10:43:01 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: ARA

http://www.costco.com/frameset.asp?trg=info%2Fcostconews%2Fcontacts%2Easp&log=


We at Costco welcome your feedback. Here's how you can contact us:

Online Member Suggestion Form:
Costco Online Member Comments and Suggestions


Member Services:
800-774-2678


Web address:
http://www.costco.com


Costco's corporate mailing address is:
PO Box 34331
Seattle, WA 98124

Costco's corporate offices are located at:
999 Lake Drive
Issaquah, WA 98027
8 posted on 02/05/2004 10:43:23 AM PST by Pikamax
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To: ARA
Oh they are TOAST. Almost everyone I know belongs to Costco. NOT ANYMORE.
9 posted on 02/05/2004 10:44:15 AM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: ARA
Don't tear up your card! Costco will refund membership fees at any time if your are unhappy.

It would be much better to go tell them you are unhappy, tell them why, and ask for your refund. I'm sure they track the reasons why people are unhappy, and if enough people do this, it's bound to get noticed.
10 posted on 02/05/2004 10:45:07 AM PST by WayneM (Cut the KRAP (Karl Rove Amnesty Plan). Call your elected officials and say "NO!!")
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To: ARA
Aw GEEZ! That blows my feel-good at saving money.

Are there any large-scale discount stores that support Conservative/Republican causes and candidates?
11 posted on 02/05/2004 10:45:31 AM PST by Prime Choice (I'm pro-choice. I just think the "choice" should be made *before* having sex.)
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To: ambrose
Thanks... Didn't know if the mayor would get upset if we posted the article since it originated with Bloomberg...
12 posted on 02/05/2004 10:45:52 AM PST by ARA
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To: ARA
They've got the couscous and hummus market to look out for...
13 posted on 02/05/2004 10:45:57 AM PST by Cogadh na Sith (The Guns of Brixton)
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To: ARA
This is disappointing. I've always enjoyed shopping there and associated Costco with an ethic of self-reliance, hardly a Democratic plank.
14 posted on 02/05/2004 10:47:38 AM PST by Still Thinking
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To: ARA
Oh dangitall.
I can't stand Wal-Mart so now what am I going to do??? This stinks.
16 posted on 02/05/2004 10:48:08 AM PST by iceskater (....and when h*ll freezes over, I'll skate there, too.)
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To: Pikamax
Costco Wholesale Corp
999 Lake Drive
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 313-8100
Fax: (425) 313-8114

http://www.washington.edu/regents/brotman.html

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/02_38/b3800004.htm
17 posted on 02/05/2004 10:48:18 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: ARA
suggested TEXT FOR A NOTE (EDIT as appropriate for your situation:)

PLEASE pass the word along to corporate that Mr. Brotman and Mr. Sinegal JUST LOST ANY POTENTIAL FUTURE BUSINESS WITH MY FAMILY.

I won't spend $95,000 per year in Costco-related purchases....but over time, I will. None of it will go to Costco.

You can also let them know President Bush is doing a fine job, and those of us who believe he is leading us in a war against terrorism believe he is a better Commander in Chief than any of his opponents.

Truly,
*****

COSTCO EMAIL FORM FROM COSTCO.COM

18 posted on 02/05/2004 10:48:33 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: WayneM
Costco will refund membership fees at any time if your are unhappy.

Then they've changed their policy...when we used to have a card, I requested a one month extension (knowing I was gonna let it lapse) due to the fact that our Costco had been closed for over a month since the whole back collapsed in the Northridge earthquake.

Request denied. They pretended they didn't even know the store had been closed.

19 posted on 02/05/2004 10:49:17 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Some days you're the windshield; some days you're the bug)
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To: joesnuffy
WalMart supports Clintonistas?

WALTON, JIM BENTONVILLE, AR 72712
NRCCC - NON FEDERAL #1
03/20/1998 5000.00 98032954654
03/20/1998 5000.00 98032954654
03/20/1998 5000.00 98032954654
03/20/1998 5000.00 98032954654
03/20/1998 5000.00 98032954654
03/20/1998 5000.00 98032954654
03/20/1998 5000.00 98032954654
03/20/1998 5000.00 98032954654
03/20/1998 5000.00 98032954654
03/20/1998 5000.00 98032954654
03/20/1998 10000.00 98032954654
03/20/1998 15000.00 98032954654
03/31/2000 20000.00 20035463220
03/31/2000 55000.00 20035463220
NRSC - NONFEDERAL
02/26/1999 6000.00 99020041765

WALTON, JIM BENTONVILLE, AR 72712 ARVEST BANK GROUP INC
RNC REPUBLICAN NATIONAL STATE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
10/19/2000 50000.00 20036566048

WALTON, JIM C BENTONVILLE, AR 72712
NRSC - NONFEDERAL 03/20/1998 75000.00 98020102548

WALTON, JIM MR. BENTONVILLE, AR 72712 ARVEST BANK GROUP INC.
WALTON, JOHN BENTONVILLE, AR 72712
NRSC - NONFEDERAL 09/03/1998 3000.00 98020241146

WALTON, JOHN MR. JACKSON, WY 83001 WALMART
RNC REPUBLICAN NATIONAL STATE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE 08/14/2002 100000.00 22991862264

WALTON, JOHN T BENTONVILLE, AR 72712 WAL - MART
RNC REPUBLICAN NATIONAL STATE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE 07/17/2000 100000.00 20035953905

WALTON, LYNNE BENTONVILLE, AR 72712 ARVEST BANK GROUP INC
RNC REPUBLICAN NATIONAL STATE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE 10/19/2000 50000.00 20036566048

Source: FEC

20 posted on 02/05/2004 10:49:37 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: ARA
Card holders since 1986, no more renewals for this hosehold and they will know about it in no uncertain terms.
21 posted on 02/05/2004 10:50:15 AM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: ARA
Well, if it's a personal contribution the guy has a perfect right to hold silly political opinions, but I gotta wonder at people who have coin sufficient to throw 95 large at a political campaign. And I have to thank Heaven and Mr. McCain for Campaign Finance Reform, protecting me from the monied interests.
22 posted on 02/05/2004 10:50:38 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Prime Choice
Steve Burd, the CEO of Safeway, Inc., gave $9,200 to W.
23 posted on 02/05/2004 10:54:11 AM PST by TheBigB (I got a fever...and the only prescription...is MORE COWBELL!)
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To: Billthedrill
And I have to thank Heaven and Mr. McCain for Campaign Finance Reform, protecting me from the monied interests.

Your thanks is misdirected. Thanks for the evil anti-First Amendment so-called Campaign Finance Reform, should be directed toward the OTHER place.

24 posted on 02/05/2004 10:56:09 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (Fighting for Freedom and Having Fun)
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To: ARA
Just moved to Cincinnati, OH and was actually going to join Costco this weekend. After this though, well, SAMS CLUB HERE I COME!!

Oh. And I was sure to email Costco to let them know too.

25 posted on 02/05/2004 10:58:49 AM PST by The G Man (The only difference btw Ted Kennedy and John Kerry is the later will jump into the water to save you)
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To: ElkGroveDan
LOL - too right. Oh, well, next time I have 95 grand laying around I'll just send it right off myself...
26 posted on 02/05/2004 10:59:29 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: joesnuffy
Wallmart/Sams supports the Clintonista's

Wal-Mart widens political reach, giving primarily to GOP

Maybe you should stop posting lies about Wal-Mart.

27 posted on 02/05/2004 11:01:00 AM PST by xrp
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To: ARA
We have been crossing the picket lines here in California to buy our groceries at the local Ralphs and Vons grocery stores, and occasionally going out of our way to shop at Costco . . . no more!
28 posted on 02/05/2004 11:01:33 AM PST by NorseWood
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To: ARA
Sigh. I love Costco.
30 posted on 02/05/2004 11:02:13 AM PST by Aggie Mama
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To: The G Man
Us too. My wife and I considered joining Costco because we have friends who belong and they like it. Well, guess I will have a few choice words for my Costco friends now.

Oh yeah, I sent an email telling them to the address posted. Doubt it will do any good but it sure did make me feel good.
31 posted on 02/05/2004 11:02:21 AM PST by Morgan in Denver
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To: The G Man
Yes. Costco is out.

Remember K-Mart, which stood by Rosie O'Donnell when it would never have stood by so controversial a Republican.

32 posted on 02/05/2004 11:02:30 AM PST by Montfort
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To: ARA
Check out the spokespersons for Costco's scholarship program.
33 posted on 02/05/2004 11:04:07 AM PST by RightField (The older you get . . . the older "old" is !)
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To: ARA
"Cuts in social programs?"

LOL, are we talking about the same Bush?
34 posted on 02/05/2004 11:04:33 AM PST by Guillermo (It's tough being a Miami Dolphins fan)
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To: ARA
My membership card is now in many little pieces.....never again will I shop there.
35 posted on 02/05/2004 11:05:25 AM PST by Ragirl ("I think there has been an exaggeration")
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To: RightField
Ewwwww. Why didn't you warn us!!!!!!!
36 posted on 02/05/2004 11:05:54 AM PST by petitfour
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To: vic heller
they are a pretty sorry bunch who have accomplished little other than boozing it up and spending the old man's dough.

Perhaps, but at least they didn't spend it on Bill Clinton's agenda.

37 posted on 02/05/2004 11:06:06 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: Pikamax
As stated, wife and I members since 1987. Just got off phone with customer service, canceled and demanded refund. $45.00 bucks was credited to the debit card.

The customer rep was more upset than I was, he had no idea and was taken aback. Bye, the bye, I requested that the phone conversation was monitored and recorded and he assured me it would be done.

So cancel out members, pass the word to friends and family. We can make them hurt on this one.
38 posted on 02/05/2004 11:07:04 AM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: ARA
Democrats = Party of the Rich
39 posted on 02/05/2004 11:07:07 AM PST by Sloth (It doesn't take 60 seats to control the Senate; it only takes 102 testicles.)
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To: Prime Choice
We seem to be going to Sears a lot more - basic no frills store, and as far as I know, no anti-American or anti-Bush positions. They support our troops too.

I do my warehousing at Sam's - will never do Costcommie now.
40 posted on 02/05/2004 11:07:08 AM PST by over3Owithabrain
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To: Recovering_Democrat
[Thanks for the boilerplate; I adapted it a bit to my situation and e-mailed it to Costco:]

Please pass the word along to the corporate department that, because of the donation of $95,000 by each of Mr. Brotman and Mr. Sinegal to a political fund that aims to defeat President Bush in the November election, Costco has forfeited any chance of getting business from my family and me.

I will not spend $95,000 per year in Costco-related purchases...but over time, I will. None of it will go to Costco. My family and I were considering switching from Sam's Club to Costco, but will not subsidize a campaign of lies against President Bush.

You can also let them know President Bush is doing a fine job, and those of us who believe he is leading us in a war against terrorism believe he is a better Commander in Chief than any of his opponents.
41 posted on 02/05/2004 11:07:10 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: RightField
One does get a mental image of what her message was, and what she was having them do for show and tell......
42 posted on 02/05/2004 11:07:30 AM PST by Morgan in Denver
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To: petitfour
Sorry .... I forgot the Barf Alert!
43 posted on 02/05/2004 11:07:48 AM PST by RightField (The older you get . . . the older "old" is !)
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To: ARA
Crap!! I really love Costco. I don't think I can give it up!! The least I can do is drop a huge glass jar of something every time I go in. :-)
44 posted on 02/05/2004 11:08:19 AM PST by Kennesaw
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To: ARA
I guess I know where I'm not gonna be shopping anymore. What's good for Soros ....
45 posted on 02/05/2004 11:08:19 AM PST by Minuteman23
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To: ARA
Note to self: put in sell order....
46 posted on 02/05/2004 11:08:37 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: ARA
Based on the reaction on this thread, methinks this could be a Dixie Chicks redux if word gets out--and it will. Hehehehe.....
47 posted on 02/05/2004 11:10:28 AM PST by eureka! (The ongoing destruction of the Rat party is giving me smile wrinkles.....)
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To: petitfour
Call them at the 800 number at posting further on down, give them your old memebership number and tell them you were going to re-new, but not now thanks to their actions. Ask that the conversation be monitored and recorded as I did at post #38
48 posted on 02/05/2004 11:11:42 AM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: mountaineer
But here's the catcher:

1. Wal-Mart elected Hillary Clinton to their Board of Directors, AND she left only because of Bill's election as President.

2. The Pride Foundation owns a considerable stake in the firm and has hijacked corporate policy.

Both Sam's and Costco have hijackings of Seattle written across their firms.

If you're a shareholder of COST, then file a formal complaint with the company.
49 posted on 02/05/2004 11:12:18 AM PST by Bobby Chang
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To: eureka!
I just passed the article on to the editor of the San Diego Republican newsletter. I'm sure it will get some visibility from there!

Glad to do my part . . .

50 posted on 02/05/2004 11:13:37 AM PST by RightField (The older you get . . . the older "old" is !)
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