Washington, D.C. — On the six-month anniversary of the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, Republican lawmakers that promoted the Big Lie are embracing Trumpism and downplaying the seriousness of the assault on democracy that day — and several leading U.S. businesses and industry groups continue to give them a free pass. Government watchdog Accountable.US has repeatedly called out corporations that committed to halt donations to lawmakers that objected to the 2020 Election results — including Walmart, Pfizer, Intel, General Electric and AT&T — for reversing course on their public pledges not to support those who played a role in instigating the insurrection. The 6th month anniversary comes only one week after all but two House Republicans voted against legislation that would create a select committee to investigate the insurrection. In May, Senate Republicans even used the filibuster to block an independent bipartisan commission tasked to look into the January 6th attack.
“Many corporations seem to think they can have it both ways: claim to support democracy and the rule of law on one hand while resuming donations to lawmakers who promoted the Big Lie and continue to undermine our democracy. Corporations should be clear that they are harming their reputations by going back on their word and giving to those who tried to toss out the election results in service to Trump’s Big Lie which led to the deadly insurrection,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “If businesses think Americans have stopped paying attention to their actions now that the dust has settled at the Capitol, they’re wrong. Companies donating to members of the Sedition Caucus are making it clear that democracy takes a back seat to their bottom lines — and their customers, employees, and communities are watching.”
In January, Accountable.US launched its ‘Subsidizing Sedition’ project exposing all those involved with the January 6th insurrection including mainstream corporations, GOP and conservative politicians, operatives, right-wing and white nationalist groups — and the money behind them.
Accountable.US is also calling on members and donors to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who previously announced they would suspend political giving due to the January 6th Capitol insurrection to disassociate from the organization in light of the Chamber’s decision to resume political contributions to members of Congress — including those who voted against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.
- HEADLINE: “6 Months After Capitol Assault, Corporate Pledges Fall Flat.” [Associated Press, 07/04/21]
- HEADLINE: “Despite Pledge, Google’s Campaign Cash Flows To Republican Objectors.” [Popular Information, 07/06/21]
- HEADLINE: ‘Toyota Tops List Of Corporate Donors To Anti-Election-Certification Republicans In Congress After Capitol Insurrection.” [USA Today, 06/28/21]
- HEADLINE: “12 Companies Start Giving To Election Objectors Again.” [The Daily Beast, 06/23/21]
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