National PTA

Good news: Coke lobbyist John Downs has left the board of directors of the National PTA. We won!

On June 23rd, 2003, the National PTA placed on its board of directors John H. Downs Jr., Coca-Cola Enterprises' senior VP for public affairs and its chief lobbyist. Incredibly, the National PTA was directed in part by the top lobbyist and public relations flack for Coca-Cola Enterprises.

In addition, the National PTA embraced Coca-Cola Enterprises as a "proud sponsor." The PTA even featured the Coca-Cola logo in many places on its website.

Instead of promoting the welfare of children, the National PTA promoted the welfare of a corporation that seeks to fill them with sugar and caffeine.

Our friends at BAGnews proposed this as the new logo for the National PTA.New Logo

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News Releases

Commercial Alert Criticizes National PTA Over Coke Sponsorship
Gary Ruskin | June 4th, 2003

Related Articles and Links

Related Articles

New Ad Venue: PTA Newsletters
Brian Morrissey | Adweek | November 29th, 2007

Coca-Cola Lobbyist Leaves PTA Board
Rhea R. Borja | Education Week | November 20th, 2004

Coke Moves With Caution to Remain in Schools
Sherri Day | The New York Times | September 3rd, 2003

PTA Turning to Corporate Sponsors for Funds
Caroline E. Mayer | Washington Post | June 21st, 2003

PTA Backing by Coke Keeps Soda War Bubbling
Rick Karlin | Albany Times Tribune | June 8th, 2003

State PTA Chapter Opposes National PTA Group's Action
Sandy Carmany | (Greensboro, NC) News & Record | September 12th, 1998

PTA Sells Its Name and Logo; Deal with Office Depot Infuriates Ex-officials
San Francisco Chronicle | September 2nd, 1998

External Links

National PTA's Parent Involvement School Certification Receives Support from Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.
National PTA news release | May 12, 2003

Coke Enabling PTA?
Michael Shaw, BAGnews | September 4, 2003