Coca-Cola Shock Report: Giant corporation has secret global strategy
So WikiLeaks (OK, in this case a hacker crew called DC Leaks) has come for Coca-Cola, and what they’ve turned up, while not particularly pretty, is not that surprising either: Coke has a strategy to tackle anti-sugar legislation at a local, state, national and international level. This includes the typical activities for which you’d contract lobbyists, like influencing reporters, keeping tabs on social media influencers and twisting the pliable arms of government officials. DC Leaks has laid bare a bunch of mails between Coke VP Michael Goltzman and Capricia Marshall, a communications consultant for the Big Red One and for a Hillary Clinton. Interestingly, no mention in the mails was made of South Africa (where Israel, France, the UK, Poland and Bosnia all cracked the nod). As you know, our government is attempting to slap a 20% tariff on sugar-sweetened beverages.
Comment: We’re shocked – shocked! – to discover that business is attempting to use some of its cash to influence government in the service of profitability.