As first reported on WTDY’s “Sly In The Morning” on June 22, progressive Democrat Kelda Roys, who’s running to replace Rep. Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin’s second Congressional district, attended a fundraiser in New York City on June 21. Notable about the fundraiser is that it was held at the offices of Panjiva. It’s worth noting Josh Green, the CEO of Panjiva, had previously donated $500 to Roys’ campaign prior to last week’s fundraiser.
Here’s a screenshot of the event invitation from Wherevent.com:
So what’s Panjiva? Well according to Panjiva’s website, Panjiva’s mission is “to make it easier to do business across borders.” On the surface, that seems to be a rather lofty goal, but it certainly seems like code for a company that makes it easier for American companies to find cheap overseas suppliers for their products, instead of actually using suppliers in the United States who employ actual Americans.
I’m not entirely sure why a Kelda Roys – who’s running as a progressive candidate for the United States Congress – would think it’s a good idea to hold a fundraiser at the headquarters of a company that makes it easier for American companies to source their product suppliers from overseas, but apparently she really needs the money. I attempted to reach Roys’ campaign for comment on her attendance at the Panjiva fundraiser, but as of publication I’ve received no response.
Maybe Kelda Roys thought none of us would notice what she was up to, but at any rate Roys’ decision to visit New York City to raise money at a company that does the kind of business Panjiva does is disappointing, especially considering that as a progressive, Roys should be advocating for keeping jobs and business in our country – not sending them overseas.
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Manufacturing goods in the US is preferable, but if too few folks buy them, what’s the use? Dealing with the world is not a bad thing if we can export American justice and commerce along with it. In doing so we open up markets abroad for what we produce and we create jobs here in marketing and sales. It’s actually the best of both worlds as long as there’s credible oversight and legal enforcement of values. It’s the American citizen’s obligation to recruit and elect that oversight.
I know, I’m a pie-in-the-sky guy, but somebody has to do it.
Someone forgot to mention that over-regulation in the US, as well as a lack of some natural resources has a created a reality that many products cannot be manufactured within our borders.
It is often necessary for manufacturers to purchase products or raw materials not available in the US. These need to come from businesses across our borders.
Therefore the need for companies such as Panjiva to exist.
Yet because they support a conservative candidate it is your objective to demonize them by making an absurd assumption that they are “a company that makes it easier for American companies to find cheap overseas suppliers for their products, instead of actually using suppliers in the United States who employ actual Americans.”
Kim, that’s pure, unadulterated bullsh*t. What in the hell is wrong with responsible stewardship of our environment and the humane treatment of humans??
The very plain fact of the matter is a) we’re cheap consumers who won’t pay a dollar more than the next store for that widget and b) manufacturers will go to no end to find the cheapest way to produce those products that we won’t pay a dollar for more if made here, and the larger the margin they can get, the better for them.
But just because companies in China can subject their citizens to a toxic, life threatening environment just to make a buck doesn’t mean that we should be following their example.
Kim, I’m not making an “absurd assumption;” I’m stating a fact. Panjiva’s entire business model is predicated on doing exactly what I described, and that’s based solely on the information I gleaned from Panjiva’s website.
There is nothing wrong with responsible stewardship of our environment and humane treatment of humans. It doesn’t change the fact that there are products and raw materials available only outside of the US that need to be imported for our manufacturers to make their products.
Thus the need for companies such as Panjiva to make it easier for US manufacturers to do business across borders. Their mission is not limited to imports but would also includes the export of US made products which will again benefit US companies,citizens and economy.
Which begs the question, do you object to their business or simply the fact that they support a conservative candidate?
Kim, which conservative candidate is Panjiva supporting? I ask because we’re discussing Kelda Roys.
I have to say this is a pretty dumb attack. Does the writer actually know what the company where the fundraiser was held DOES?
This claim is baloney:
“On the surface, that seems to be a rather lofty goal, but it certainly seems like code for a company that makes it easier for American companies to find cheap overseas suppliers for their products, instead of actually using suppliers in the United States who employ actual Americans. ”
IOW, “Whatever. She’s running against my candidate so this company must actually evil. Don’t confuse me with the facts.”
Andy, you crack me up.
You write that my claim is baloney, but you offer nothing to refute my claim. Since you think you’re so much more knowledgeable about what Panjiva really does, why don’t you enlighten us?
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