MM spoke with Daniella Ballou-Aares, who served in the Obama administration and is CEO of the Leadership Now Project, a consortium of over 250 business leaders and academics working on democracy protection efforts.
“There are multiple levels for executives to think about including not doing bad things and asking whether there is a proactive way for them to contribute to fixing the system … And step one is transparency …
“In a lot cases there is still no strategic oversight from the board level on how contributions contribute to their broader strategy … There need to be some minimum bar criteria and that could be support for strong electoral integrity and voter access and non-partisan redistricting.
Making a distinction — Ballou-Aares also noted that moderate, non-Trump Republicans are eager for corporate America to use its significant influence to encourage the party to move away from Trumpism and truth denial.
“Within moderate Republican circles, they would say that the fact that companies don’t differentiate … is very bad for the GOP. … A clear, firm statement that has a critical mass of business leaders around some fundamental asks they have of political leaders around democracy protection would be a very legitimate thing for business to do.”