More than 100 companies condemned Georgia’s new voting law, a GOP-backed measure that critics say restricts access to the polls along racial lines. But so far, only Major League Baseball has done something concrete about it.

MLB, baseball’s governing body, relocated its annual All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver – a move that some say could cost Georgia over $100 million in lost economic activity. Republicans have reacted with threats of product boycotts and even political retribution. They have good reason to worry, writes Benjamin Means, who has studied how corporations use their economic power.

The University of South Carolina law professor explains the incredible leverage companies have over states, and why MLB chose to wield it over the voting law.

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MLB’s decision to drop Atlanta highlights the economic power companies can wield over lawmakers – when they choose to

Benjamin Means, University of South Carolina

Usually, companies use this power to secure financial benefits for themselves, such as tax or regulation relief. But increasingly, they're using it for social causes as well.

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