WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marking two years since the violent insurrection that threatened American democracy, government watchdog Accountable.US released a new analysis today, finding thirty-four Fortune 100 companies that pledged to halt contributions after the events of January 6th ultimately donated over $5.4 million to members of Congress that voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election as the dust still settled from the Capitol riot – a group that’s been called the “Sedition Caucus.”
Several corporations — including Pfizer, Home Depot, Lockheed, and Walmart – defended their contributions to election deniers to Politico with a familiar frame: it’s just business. For instance, Home Depot responded that the company “supports candidates and organizations on both sides of the aisle who champion pro-business, pro-retail positions.”
So many corporations sought recognition for halting political spending after January 6th, then quietly reopened the money spigot to election deniers when they thought no one was paying attention. Companies that claimed to be allies for democracy then rewarded millions to lawmakers that tried to finish what the insurrectionists started, have shown they were never serious. For many CEOs, buying political influence over extreme MAGA politicians clearly trumped all else, no matter what they did to hurt democracy.”
“Consumers, employees, and shareholders want to buy from, work for, and invest in companies that stand up for democracy. Corporations like Home Depot that cut big checks to lawmakers that trample over democratic ideals risk their own reputations and bottom line. They should remember that a healthy democracy will always be what’s best for business.”
Jeremy Funk, spokesman for Accountable.US
The analysis follows Accountable.US’ recent report finding Fortune 500 companies and industry trade groups have donated more than $34 million in total to election objectors in Congress.
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