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WME-IMG co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell are planning to form a political action committee, Emanuel stated in a companywide memo on Wednesday.
No details about what issues the PAC would tackle were revealed in the email, which noted that the company would pledge to protect its “diversity” in the next several years.
While the context of the memo is unclear, it arrives as companies have been emboldened in opposition to President Trump’s executive order targeting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries to the United States.
In late November, Emanuel met with Trump after his shocking election win and was said to have discussed cabinet appointments.
The Wednesday email from Emanuel to staff is below:
No matter what side of the aisle you sit on or where you live in the world, the call for meaningful and sustained civic engagement is louder than ever.
In the coming weeks, you will hear more from us about:
* The formation of a federal political action committee (PAC) in the U.S.
* Convening internal and external forums with politicians and allied stakeholders
* Connecting our clients with elected officials
* Introducing company-wide matching policies to support donations of time and money
* Developing actionable public policy solutions
This company’s greatest asset is the diversity of our backgrounds and beliefs. Please know that we will do everything in our power to support and protect this diversity now and in the months and years ahead.
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