Accountable.US Report Details Huge Corporate Donations to Abbott Amid His Push to Disenfranchise Texas Voters 

Washington, D.C. — Alongside this morning’s House Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee hearing on the assault on voting rights in Texas, government watchdog Accountable.US released a new report revealing that leading corporations have given Texas Governor Greg Abbott millions of dollars amidst his push for legislation that would disenfranchise countless voters in his state. 

“As Governor Abbott tried pushing through backward, Jim Crow-style voter suppression legislation in Texas this year, corporations and their leaders funneled millions into his campaign coffers,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “Backing voter suppression is bad for business — yet these corporations and their top officials are lining the pockets of a politician who actively threatens the fundamental rights of their employees and consumers. These corporations can’t have it both ways: they can either support Governor Abbott and his anti-voter agenda, or they can fight for the Texans who make up their workforces and communities.”  

After Texas lawmakers killed Gov. Abbott’s voter suppression legislation in May 2021, Abbott  vowed to push harmful voting restrictions through the legislature by calling “special session after special session.” In spite of his fringe conspiracy-tied legislative agenda, business leaders like Houston Rockets Owner Tilman Fertitta, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, oil, gas, and energy PACs and executives, and several other corporate leaders have funneled money into Abbott’s campaign coffers. 

The report includes donations to Abbott from corporate leaders including: 

  • $200,000 from Houston Rockets’ billionaire owner Tilman Fertitta 
  • $150,000 from Oncor’s leadership and Texas PAC 
  • $100,000 from Ryan LLC’s Texas PAC 
  • At least $1.9 million from oil, gas, and energy PACs and executives  
  • $20,000 from Whole Foods CEO John Mackey
  • $15,000 from Charter Communications’ Texas PAC

Abbott’s agenda is undeniably tied to right-wing conspiracy theories, with bills up for debate focused on protecting online conspiracy theories and disinformation while attacking public schools and equity in education, in addition to the voter suppression legislation. 

Read the group’s full report on Abbott’s latest donors from corporate America HERE

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