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, government watchdog Accountable.US released an analysis finding these Members have collectively banked at least $1.2 million in contributions from Fortune 500 companies and industry trade groups since direct and violent assault on our democracy that day.

The MAGA extremists in Congress that strategized with the White House before and during the January 6th insurrection and refused to discuss details with investigators have had no shortage of encouragement from big corporate donors. Many corporations have stood by their donations to the very lawmakers who tried to finish what the insurrectionists started by voting to throw out the 2020 election. Will companies now stand by donations to MAGA extremists that not only fanned the flames of an insurrection but who then tried to whitewash it from history? The images of confederate flags, zip ties and wounded Capitol Police officers inside the U.S Capitol will forever stain the national conscience, but many corporations have been quick to forget and forgive those in Congress who played a part. Corporations 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.

Among those credibly accused of ethics violations is Jim Jordan, who corporations saw fit to reward with $92,000 in campaign cash after his vote to negate the will of voters in service to the Big Lie. Those who require oversight the most should not be the ones conducting it in Congress.”

Jeremy Funk, spokesperson for Accountable.US

Corporate Underwriting. For more than a year, Accountable.US has documented the millions of dollars in corporate money that continued to flow to the 147 members of the Sedition Caucus. Accountable.US’ ongoing American Democracy Scorecard project has called out 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. Our message has been clear: by donating to these lawmakers, corporations are saying they share 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.

READ MORE FROM ACCOUNTABLE.US: MEMO: Jan 6 Report Watch: Remember the MAGA Extremists & Corporations That Still Threaten Democracy 

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