The Real Paypal Question


PayPal is well within its rights to determine that operating in North Carolina is inimical to its business interests.

Here is a question:

If you believe that Citizens United was a bad decision, and you believe that commercial influence in government is a bad thing, how can you in good conscience support any company seeking to use its clout to influence the laws and policies of an elected government, even if you support the cause for which that corporate influence is being wielded?

At what point do we acknowledge that there is something creepy and highly inappropriate about a private firm telling a government what to do, regardless of the cause?



Author: David Wolf

An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.

One thought on “The Real Paypal Question”

  1. When PayPal sets up a SuperPac, buys all the advertising time on NC local television, and runs endless ads calling NC’s elected government “bigots” you may, at that point, have a point.

    It’s money’s ability to amplify the volume of political speech that’s the problem with Citizens United. It’s not the content of the speech. It’s the ability to drown out all else, and remove even the possibility of hearing the other side of the argument.

    A company choosing to locate elsewhere because of tax law you (presumably) would not characterize as “a private firm telling a government what to do”. How, then, does choosing to locate elsewhere because of *any* law become “creepy”?

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