Letter to Vanguard Index Fund about Coke, please review
One of our members used the form on the Coke web site last week to once again ask about the actions of Coca Cola that we have complained about. Is anyone surprised that they still received basically the same response denying their participation in the Georgia Business PAC.
At some point, surely Coke will realize that their participation is the Georgia Business PAC is a matter of public record and take enough time to at least come up with a new form letter to send in response.
But lets look at some recent events. In Augusta, Georgia the Mayor recently without public input or debate removed the Flags from two Memorials to our ancestors. When asked by he gave answers to the effect that the NAACP and "Business community" asked him to.
Well surprise, surprise, surprise, when you look up the listed prominent members of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce on their web site guess what one of the companies is?
Yep you guessed right, The Coca-Cola Company!
Did Coke once again use their influence to attack Southern Heritage for the sake of forcing political correctness upon the people of Georgia?
Well we do not know, since they will not respond. But failing to respond does tell us something doesn't it?
As Coke continues to perform below expectations in North America there are going to be some not so happy stock holders when they see the growing list of North American residents who have made a commitment to not buy Coke products due to Coke's political involvement.
So this month we start notifying some of the major holders of Coke Stock:
| Holder || Shares || % Out || Value* || Reported |
| Vanguard 500 Index Fund || 22,636,376 || 0.94 || $1,142,684,232 || 30-Jun-04 |
|Fidelity Magellan Fund Inc || 19,666,100 || 0.81 || $992,744,703 || 30-Jun-04 |
|Vanguard Institutional Index Fund-Institutional Index Fd || 9,851,017 || 0.41 || $497,279,326 || 30-Jun-04 |
|SPDR Trust Series 1 || 9,621,473 || 0.4 || $413,338,485 || 30-Sep-03 |
|Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund || 8,724,243 || 0.36 || $440,399,775 || 30-Jun-04 |
|Fidelity Growth & Income Portfolio || 6,677,500 || 0.28 || $292,875,154 || 31-Jul-04 |
|Growth Fund of America Inc || 6,290,000 || 0.26 || $317,519,192 || 30-Jun-04 |
|Washington Mutual Investors Fund || 6,075,000 || 0.25 || $306,665,992 || 30-Jun-04 |
|Putnam Fund For Growth and Income || 5,515,094 || 0.23 || $241,892,026 || 31-Jul-04 |
|Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund || 5,496,800 || 0.23 || $241,089,651 || 31-Jul-04 |
Since this is your effort, a letter to Vanguard 500 Index Fund is below. We urge you to review it and submit any comments, corrections, etc. In the past we have gotten some very good feedback and the letter will mailed a week from now on November 19. Remember it is your money and they want it, to get it they have to get out of anti-Southern politics. Send comments to VanguardLetter@boycottcoke.org
In the meantime the online petition is located at:
The Coca-Cola Company Should Get Out of Politics Petition
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|Mr. George U. Sauter |
Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer
The Vanguard 500 Index Fund
P.O. Box 1110
Valley Forge, PA 19482
November 19, 2004
Re: The Coca-Cola Company � KO
Dear Mr. Sauter:
This purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning The Coca-Cola Company (KO) as The Vanguard 500 Index Fund was reported as a holder of 22,636,376 shares of this stock on June 30, 2004 with a reported value of $1,142,684,232 as of that date.
The attached correspondence demonstrates what we consider to be the epitome of a customer relations failure by The Coca-Cola Company to complaints by former Coca-Cola customers. Our efforts to communicate our complaints to The Coca-Cola Company have either been ignored and/or received what in our opinion are deceitful and insulting replies.
Even as late as last week communication with The Coca-Cola Company via their offered channels (web site contact form) still receive a denial of facts that are a matter of public record via the State of Georgia campaign finance disclosure statements.
We make no statement of the magnitude of our effort on the performance of The Coca-Cola Company, but do believe that holders of their stock have a right to know some portion, and apparently a growing portion, of their customer base have made a commitment to not purchase their products until The Coca-Cola Company reverses their use of corporate funds for what we consider anti-Southern political activities. More importantly that reasonable efforts to voice a complaint have been ignored at best.
Should you have any questions about any of the attached correspondence, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We remain, former Coca-Cola Company customers,
725 Ridgeview Road
Morganton, Georgia 30560
Cc: E. "Neville" Isdell, Board of Directors, The Coca-Cola Company
John R. Alm President & Chief Executive Officer Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.
By reference: Verified electronic petition signatures (The Coca-Cola Company Should Get Out of Politics) petition, online at: )
November 18, 2003 - Letter to Warren Buffett, member Coke Board of Directors
November 18, 2003 - Letter to Douglas Daft , Board of Directors
March 1, 2004 � Letter to Douglas Daft, Board of Directors and registered agent (Georgia).
September 27, 2004 - Letter to E. "Neville" Isdell, Board of Directors
October 11, 2004 � Letter to John R. Alm President & Chief Executive Officer Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.