Chairman, Board of Directors, and Chief Executive Officer
The Coca-Cola Company
One Coca-Cola Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
Dear Mr. Daft:
This letter and the attached petition signatures is being sent to Coke to express our great concern over recent actions of Coke. In fact, the signers of these petitions feel so strongly about this issue that they have made a commitment to discontinue the use of any Coke products.
As you are aware, Coke was invented by a Confederate veteran. Historically Coke relied upon the Proud Heritage of Southerners to increase the sales of Coke products. As a result. Coke became the beverage of choice and one which untold thousands were proud of.
It is with great shock and dismay that an increasing number of your customers are discovering that Coke has inexplicably changed. Coke has not only abandoned its roots, but is now using our money to discriminate against Southern Heritage.
Efforts to discuss this issue with your designated representatives have failed. For example, questioning the involvement of Coke in the Georgia Business PAC resulted in responses that were basically a denial of documented facts (the Georgia Business PAC records are open public records in Georgia). Even the changing of the information on your flagship product, Coke, from "Confederate veteran" to "civil war veteran" was denied when it is obvious to all on your web site.
In summary, we have sadly drawn the conclusion that Coke is now using our money derived from purchase of your products to further a political agenda that we find abhorrent. We have also concluded that efforts to communicate with Coke through your established representatives will only result in further insulting replies, so this matter is being brought to the attention of the Board of Directors.
It is our opinion that neither your customers, nor your stockholders should be subjected to this abuse of corporate funds. In fact the responsibility for proper use of corporate funds does fall with the Board of Directors and the officers of the Corporation.
The attached former customers, and those who join this effort will simply discontinue the use of your products, continue to spread the word, and be sure that your stockholders are aware until a successful resolution is reached. A successful resolution must include the following:
- Ending discrimination against Southern Heritage. Coke should provide equal funding for Southern Heritage community events as you do for any other heritage. This should be done in each State which has recognized Southern Holidays by tradition or statute.
- An analysis of your political contributions over recent years and an equitable sum to achieve parity is arranged.
- Then, cease and desist any use of corporate funds for political purposes not associated with actual beverage issues.
Should you desire to discuss the above in good faith we can be contacted at 706-374-2640.
For now, we remain your former customers.
725 Ridgeview Road
Morganton, Georgia, 30560
Encl: Verified electronic petition signatures (The Coca-Cola Company Should Get Out of Politics petition, online at: The Coca-Cola Company Should Get Out of Politics Petition (closed))
Cc: Board of Directors (each member)