Want to guess what U.S. Senator gets money from multi-level marketing cults?

Kyrsten Sinema

As was reported in @politico today, Sinema has taken money from the parent company of Amway (cult), the executive chair of Mary Kay (cult) and Herbalife (cult).
But this just scratches the surface. Sinema has taken money from countless other "nutrition" and "beauty" MLM's. Every one of these entities is associated with the controversial Direct Selling Association, the trade group that promotes multilevel marketing.
Though these groups may appear harmless (if not a little annoying), a great percentage of MLM's are actually authoritarian commercial cults.

(For a deep dive on MLMs, and WHY I label them "cults," read the thread below. It will catch you up 👍):
Alticor, the parent company of Amway that has given Sinema money, is owned by...wait for it...the DeVos family!

Yes. The family of Betsy DeVos and Erik Prince that is singlehandedly working to eliminate public education gives money to Kyrsten Sinema. americanprogress.org/issues/default…
Why do these MLM cults like Sinema so much?

Because she is one of the ONLY Democrats against the pro-union Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. This bill would make it more difficult to classify workers as independent contractors (which MLM cults definitely don't like).
But there's a point of nuance that @Hailey_Fuchs's very good @politico article didn't quite capture...

MLM's WANT the public to think that the issues people are communicating about rideshare companies are the SAME as the issues they have with MLM's.

But they are not the same.
Rideshare companies have very real structural issues that must be addressed (namely, that their drivers are independent contractors & don't have the protection that full time employees have).


Drivers are at least paid. Most of the "work" people do in MLM's is never paid!
Most of the work people do for MLM's isn't “selling” but relentlessly recruiting, replacing and indoctrinating more contract recruiters. Do they get paid for all of this time? Of course not. Are they involved in an authoritarian cult that only enriches people at the top?

So yes. The industry of predatory authoritarian commercial cults that continues to prey on people and ruin lives has purchased a U.S. Senator.

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