Politics Can Be a Business Asset

Stuart Altschuler’s Nov. 13 letter is correct that corporations exist “to sell products and make a profit,” but he misses the mark when he argues that corporations should not engage in “political activity.”

Corporate leaders may well decide that adopting a particular image, or supporting a particular candidate or political position, would attract more customers than it alienates, thereby increasing profits. While the author urges that “corporate neutrality is the best business policy,” that judgment properly rests with the executives who run a company, not outsiders and certainly not politicians.

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