WASHINGTON, DC — Following the final year-end FEC filing deadline for the 2022 election cycle, government watchdog Accountable.US released an updated analysis showing Fortune 500 companies and industry trade groups gave over $36.3 million to election objectors in Congress since the January 6th insurrection. The latest filings show that since Election Day, Fortune 500 companies such as Charter Communications, Marathon Petroleum, and FedEx gave at least $164,095 to members of Congress that voted to throw out the 2020 election results in service of the ‘Big Lie’.
Accountable.US’ analysis also revealed that over two-thirds of the final batch of donations — $113,500 — went to Senators Ted Budd and Markwayne Mullin, newly elected U.S. Senators who objected to certifying the 2020 presidential election during their time in the House.
Workers, customers, and shareholders want to work for, buy from, and invest in companies that share their values and democratic ideals. So many corporations risked their reputations to reward millions to MAGA extremists in Congress that obstructed the democratic process even after a violent insurrection. With many of the same MAGA election deniers now holding powerful positions that could threaten democracy and fundamental voting rights, it’s critical that corporations finally stand up to their extremism -- not encourage more.”
Jeremy Funk, spokesperson for Accountable.US.
Accountable.US collected data for this report through its searchable tracker, optimized to allow the public to review the companies and trade associations who donate in support of election deniers — including corporations that made pledges to halt or pause donations to the lawmakers that perpetuated the Big Lie.
Accountable.US’s latest analysis also follows the recent launch of our major American Democracy Scorecard project that grades all Fortune 100 companies on their commitment to helping preserve democracy, identifying two-thirds as failing to keep their promises. These grades were assigned partly using contribution data collected in July 2022.