Our Safeway $$ Flow Into Bush's Campaign
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|Tue, 07-15-2003 - 3:17pm|
By Thomas B. Edsall and Mike Allen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, July 14, 2003; Page A01
â€œAs chairman, president and chief executive of Safeway Inc., the world's 11th-largest grocery chain, Steven Burd is the nexus of a wide network of subordinates and suppliers, as well as friends in corporate suites. And that is why he will play a critical role in President Bush's effort to raise the largest amount of money ever spent on a presidential campaign -- not by giving a lot of money himself, but by finding a lot of people to give relatively little.
In the jargon of political fundraising, Burd is a bundler.
At two Bush fundraising events in California last month, Burd filled 10 tables with Safeway suppliers, including rice farmers, strawberry growers and a cheese manufacturer, plus representatives of Breyers ice cream, Sunkist produce and Del Monte canned goods who paid $2,000 to hear Bush talk. Each donor wrote a four-digit "solicitor tracking code" assigned to Burd on his check so that the Safeway CEO will receive credit from Bush campaign officials and they can keep a running tally of his efforts. The possible rewards, depending on how much money he can bring in, include cocktails with campaign architect Karl Rove, dinner with Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans and photo opportunities and sessions with the president.â€
My problem is not with Safeway per se, but with it's chairman, president & CEO Steven Burd, using my grocery purchases as leverage with Safeway suppliers to contribute to President Bush's obscene $200 million plus reappointment campaign.
I like Safeway, and have gone out of my way to shop there. Itâ€™s employees are pleasant and seem to be well treated. The selection and quality of the products are great, but Steven Burdâ€™s fund-raising actions are very much offensive!!
Email or call Safeway Exec Steven Burn, to express our resentment that our grocery money indirectly are used to support Bush's record fund-raising?