Howard Schultz: Americans need more opportunities

(CNN)It is difficult to find Americans who believe the government is working for them. Luckily, I inherited my mother’s optimism that I could make a better life for myself. I also grew up at a time when access to education and a first job helped me earn success. After I became the first in my family to go to college, I got a job in sales, where I learned what it means to be accountable. Since then, and throughout my career, I have worked with teams of talented people to address many of our country’s challenges by making opportunities like access to health care, jobs, and education available to more people. Over its history, Starbucks has employed some 3 million …

House chair: Why I’m no longer accepting corporate PAC money

(CNN)As a freshman member of Congress in 1997, one of my first speeches was about campaign finance reform. I warned that unregulated contributions were threatening to undermine our democracy, and said, “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that our current campaign finance system is broken and needs to be fixed.” The Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision in 2010 led to the rise of dark money groups (nonprofits that don’t have to disclose their donors) and super PACs, political action committees that can accept unlimited contributions from individuals and corporations and spend it on behalf of candidates as long as they don’t hand the money directly to them. Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on …