NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Starbucks ( SBUX) CEO Howard Schultz urged fellow CEOs to stop making political campaign donations in an effort to jumpstart Congress' progress toward balancing the U.S. budget deficit.

"I am asking that all of us forego political contributions until the Congress and the President return to Washington and deliver a fiscally disciplined long-term debt and deficit plan to the American people," Schultz wrote, according to an email dated Aug. 15 and obtained by Bloomberg News.

He urged business leaders to "voice your perspective publicly," adding that "businesses need to do all they can to accelerate job creation."

Schultz has historically donated to the political campaigns of Democratic candidates, including a recent maximum donation of $2,500 to Washington's Maria Cantwell in March. In the past he has also donated to other Democrats including President Barack Obama, former Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Sen. Max Baucus of Montana. Schultz said he has also made political donations to Republican candidates, according to a report in The New York Times.

Last week, Schultz sent out a companywide e-mail to Starbucks employees entitled "Leading Through Uncertain Times" in which he voiced his dissatisfaction with "the lack of cooperation and irresponsibility among elected officials as they have put partisan agendas before the people's agenda." He argued that Starbucks should "act in ways that can ease the collective anxiety inside and outside the company," and that employees must "earn our customers' trust by being respectful of their own life situations -- whatever it may be."

In regard to his claim that Americans should essentially boycott U.S. political campaigns, he thinks "the fundamental problem is that the lens through which Congress approaches issues is re-election. The lifeblood of their re-election campaigns is political contributions," according to the Times report. "The debt crisis is really the symbol of a larger problem, which is that our leaders are not leading," adding that "America's leaders need to put their feet in the shoes of working Americans. ... Instead, all they think about is their own political self-interest."

-- Written by Miriam Marcus Reimer in New York.

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