Ahead of Final J6 Report, Analysis Finds Corporate Interests Gave $34M+ to Election Deniers After Insurrection
As the January 6th committee releases its final findings on the ‘masterminds and ringleaders’ behind the direct and violent assault on American democracy, government watchdog Accountable.US released its updated analysis of corporate contributions to the 147 election deniers in Congress who voted against certifying the 2020 election before the dust settled from the deadly insurrection. All told, the group that has been dubbed the ‘Sedition Caucus’ has now collectively banked more than $34 million from 500 companies and industry trade groups since the coup attempt that saw confederate flags waving about the US Capitol, zip ties intended for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and critically wounded police officers.
MAGA extremists in Congress tried to finish what the violent insurrectionists started by voting to undermine the will of voters in the 2020 election – yet major corporations have rewarded this dangerous behavior with $34 million worth of aid and comfort. Corporations have subsidized sedition, which only invites more anti-democratic behavior. Companies that continue to contribute towards democracy’s decline have no business telling their consumers and shareholders they are an ally in the fight to preserve it, but that hasn’t stopped many from doing just that."
Jeremy Funk, spokesman for Accountable.US.
Earlier this week – following the January 6th committee’s referral of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and fellow Republican U.S. Representatives Jim Jordan, Scott Perry and Andy Biggs to the U.S. House Ethics Committee for ethics violations after defying subpoenas related to the insurrection – Accountable.US released an analysis finding these Members have collectively received at least $1.2 million in contributions from Fortune 500 companies and industry trade groups since the insurrection. It is clear the lawmakers who need oversight the most are the last who should be conducting it in the next Congress.
AT ISSUE: Accountable.US’ ongoing American Democracy
Scorecard project has documented dozens of Fortune 500 companies that trumpet their support of democracy and voting rights while simultaneously funneling money to the very people out to destroy it and disenfranchise voters of color. The message has been clear: by donating to election deniers in Congress, corporations are effectively sharing those values. They risk their reputation by disregarding most American customers, employees, and shareholders who want to buy from, work for, or invest in a company that shares their values – not just one that preserves its bottom line. Standing up for democracy will always be what’s best for business.
In August 2021, Accountable.US launched its searchable tracker that allows the public to search Fortune 500 corporations and big corporate trade associations that have contributed to those in Congress that voted against certifying the 2020 election since January of last year — including corporations that made pledges to halt or pause donations to the lawmakers that perpetuated the Big Lie.
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