‘Drop The Chamber’ Campaign Pushes Corporations to Prove They Value Voters’ Rights by Cutting Ties With U.S. Chamber
Accountable.US is pressuring Target, Microsoft, Salesforce, and others that have publicly advocated for voter access to break with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its anti-democratic history
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**9/28/2022 update: DropTheChamber.org is no longer active.**
Washington, D.C. — Today, government watchdog Accountable.US launched its “Drop The Chamber” campaign to pressure major corporations including Microsoft, Target, and Salesforce to back up their public statements supporting voting rights with action: severing their relationships with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its well-documented history of funding voter suppression efforts, including its ongoing lobbying assault against H.R. 1, the For the People Act.
In the coming days, the campaign will be amplified with a significant paid digital ad effort in key states, including on social media and traditional media websites — as well as ads directed at these companies’ employees, designed to encourage change from within. The ads direct users to DropTheChamber.org which features information about the U.S. Chamber’s anti-democratic record and includes a pledge demanding the companies drop their public and financial support for the Chamber. More ads, including mobile/digital billboards, will follow in the coming weeks.
“These corporations are sitting on their hands in the face of a widespread assault on our democracy and ignoring the Chamber’s opposition to major legislation to protect an essential constitutional right. In doing so, they are violating their well-publicized commitment to protecting voting rights and siding against millions of Americans who will be subject to these racist voter suppression laws,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “With our democracy and the rights of millions of Black and Brown Americans on the line, any corporation serious about defending voting rights has no choice but to drop the Chamber.”
In addition, Accountable.US sent letters appealing directly to the CEOs of Microsoft, Target, and Salesforce, three of the hundreds of companies that signed onto a recent ad in the New York Times opposing “any discriminatory legislation or measures that restrict or prevent any eligible voter from having an equal and fair opportunity to cast a ballot.” An analysis from Accountable.US found these companies have been out front publicly on this issue before.
As the letter stresses: “It is critical that corporations be consistent in their values on this issue at a time when there is large-scale assault on voter access taking place in state legislatures across the country, including Georgia, Arizona, Florida, and Texas – efforts that could go unchecked if the Chamber’s “fierce” opposition to H.R. 1 and its voting rights reforms are successful.”
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