Starbucks jumps into the national debate again

|About: Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)|By:, SA News Editor

He won't just be ignored. Starbucks (SBUX +2.6%) CEO Howard Schultz has been one of the most active CEOs around in pushing Congress to end the government shutdown and pass a budget deal that isn't just a short-term fix.

Tomorrow, the company will run ads in major newspapers across the country asking readers to sign a petition which it will forward to Congress if it's dropped off at a Starbucks outlet.

Schultz maintains the appeal isn't about profits, but investors won't mind a little extra store traffic if it helps to boost Q4 sales.