Businesses Must Choose Between Supporting Voting Rights – or Remaining Chamber Members
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On her show yesterday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported on government watchdog Accountable.US’ call for members and affiliates of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who signed on to the New York Times advertisement opposing strict voting rights limits to disassociate from the organization in light of the Chamber’s recent opposition to the For The People Act — a House-passed bill that would protect an individual’s right to vote. The news comes amidst a wide range of voter suppression efforts attempting to disenfranchise predominantly Black and Brown voters across the country.
“By ignoring the U.S. Chamber’s opposition to a bill that protects an essential right in our democracy, these executives are violating their commitment and siding against the millions of Americans — including many of their own employees — fighting racist voter suppression tactics,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “If they truly believe in protecting one of our most fundamental constitutional rights, they have no choice but to cut ties with the Chamber.”
An Accountable.US review of Chamber membership and affiliates found 24 companies or their leaders who signed on to the New York Times advertisement. The watchdog sent letters this week urging withdrawal from the Chamber to the companies and organizations that pledged to disavow any attacks on voting rights, including Google, Microsoft, Target, Facebook, Uber, and more. See the group’s full list of companies and press release on its efforts here and read the letter to Target here.
Last night on @maddow: We're calling on major corporations like @Target, @Microsoft and @Google to make a choice—remain a member of the Chamber of Commerce, or uphold your commitment to voting rights.
"You can't do both." pic.twitter.com/GiEeOt9JWe
— Accountable.US (@accountable_us) April 23, 2021