Washington, D.C. — Following reports that Congressman Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), who allegedly led “reconnaissance” tours with January 6 insurrectionists, has declared his intent to investigate the January 6 House Select Committee, watchdog Accountable.US found that corporate interests — including UPS, Home Depot, and AT&T — have donated at least $127,400 to Loudermilk since the failed coup attempt. Rep. Loudermilk also voted to overturn the 2020 election results and has yet to agree to Select Committee interview requests. The news comes as the Select Committee holds its latest hearing today. Accountable.US called on corporations to explain to their customers and shareholders how funneling money to a key player in the insurrection squares aligns with their company values.
Election objector and alleged insurrectionist tour guide Congressman Loudermilk’s plans to ‘investigate’ the January 6th Committee are akin to a wolf investigating a hen house. So why are so many corporations apparently content with Loudermilk being handed the keys? The Select Committee is the primary vehicle in Congress for getting to the bottom of who incited the insurrection, and it says it all that Loudermilk hasn’t cooperated with the committee and now threatens to upend it. If a corporation believes it's more important to cultivate influence with someone like Loudermilk than stand up for democracy, they should at least be honest about it with their customers and shareholders.”
Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US
Prior to the first Select Committee hearing, Accountable.US released an analysis outlining corporate donations since the January 6th insurrection to Members of Congress that have been subpoenaed for deposition testimony and/or were requested for interviews by the Select Committee. Corporate interests have given over $826,000 since the insurrection to U.S. Reps. Kevin McCarthy, Scott Perry, Jim Jordan, Andy Biggs who were subpoenaed but refused to comply, as well as Reps. Jackson and Loudermilk who haven’t agreed to Select Committee interview requests.
Last August, 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 2021 — including corporations that made pledges to halt or pause donations to the lawmakers that perpetuated the Big Lie. As of May 2022, corporate interests have given over $18 million to election objectors since the capitol riot.