Howard Schultz sponsors nationwide telephone forum aimed at giving ordinary US citizens a voice on Washington spending.

This article titled “Starbucks chief invites Americans to join in ‘town hall debate’ – by phone” was written by Dominic Rushe in New York, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 6th September 2011 20.32 UTC

Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz will step up his campaign to end partisan bickering in Washington with a nationwide telephone “town hall meeting” aimed at giving “concerned Americans” a voice.

Schultz has taken out full-page ads in the US press inviting people to join the teleconference on Tuesday night, hosted by non-partisan group No Labels, in an attempt to pressurise politicians into ending the gridlock the Starbucks boss says is causing “paralysis and uncertainty”.

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