WASHINGTON – Three years after the insurrection at the United States Capitol, the founding partners of the Business & Democracy Initiative – Leadership Now Project Founder and CEO Daniella Ballou-Aares, Public Private Strategies Founder Rhett Buttle, and Black Economic Alliance CEO Samantha Tweedy – released the following statement:
“Three years have passed since the January 6 insurrection, a dark day that shook the core of American democracy.
“Following the insurrection, business leaders played a critical role in advocating for democratic safeguards, including the bipartisan Electoral Count Reform Act, which was signed into law by President Biden.
“As we look to the 2024 elections and beyond, business leaders must remain at the forefront of efforts to protect our democratic institutions, norms, and the free and fair right to vote. A strong democracy is the lifeblood of businesses large and small. Political turmoil increases uncertainties and costs for business, stifles innovation, and weakens the foundation businesses need to function. Research conducted by the Business & Democracy Initiative underscores this point, with four in five business leaders agreeing that businesses should act to drive change or progress on protecting democratic institutions.
“And while attacks on our democracy continue – from weakening the Voting Rights Act, to the expansion of anti-democratic extremism – business leaders must continue to speak up to protect all Americans’ unencumbered right to vote and insist on fair elections that uphold the will of the people. The unified commitment of the business community is essential to maintaining a strong, resilient democracy.”