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What is your take on Verizon's excuse for supporting coal?

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I was wondering how many of you heard about Verizon's corporate sponsorship of a "pro-coal" rally.  As an Alltel customer, I am now a verizon customer by default, and I was very disappointed when I heard that they were involved in this event.  I know some people think that it is not the customer's business what their company sponsors, but I am just green enough to care where my money goes in the end.

Verizon has released a statement saying that their $1000 payment was to be part of an event that would give them publicity at a local level and was not a donation in support of mountain top removal.

The rally took place on Labor Day and was a rally to raise awareness about how enviornmental extremists are trying to put the nation's jobs at risk!  I'd say the purpose of the rally was not in any way hidden and for a non-political corporation to support it seems a little risky!  They probably lost more customers nationwide than they gained for having their signs at a local rally!

The issue has been taken serious and the Center for Biological Diversity is even taking a poll of whether or not to drop their Verizon service.

Doesn't it seem a little odd that a local department could support something so political without the approval of the corporate offices?  Do local branches really have the right to put money into risky sponsorships?  I used to work for a national staffing company and every branch had to get prior approval from the main corporate office before any sponsorship was made.  Is the CEO telling the truth that it was strictly a "local" decision??  And is that enough to redeem their action?
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Yeah I've been hearing bad stuff about Verizon.  They're also on the boards of the  Natonal Association of Manufacturers, which has opposed climate change legislation (to be fair, so are Honda, Toyota, Ford, etc.).

But what's really been bad is Verizon's response to this coal rally incident.  My wireless provider is Credo mobile, which is something of an activist organization (they send members emails to sign petitions and letters to congresspeople and such), and Verizon has been one of their targets, so I've been kept up to speed on the whole incident.

Verizon was pressured to drop its support for the rally.  Verizon’s Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Gerace responded to CREDO Political Director Becky Bond's requests by saying

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This is how our response is going over with the activists. Becky once lived in a tree for a while. At least now I know where the emails are coming from.

So basically Verizon thinks that anyone who would oppose a pro-coal rally must be a tree-hugging activist.  That's coming from the company's VP of Corporate Communications.  Sure doesn't sound like a completely local issue to me.
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