Washington, D.C. — As the first anniversary of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol approaches, government watchdog Accountable.US released a new analysis finding Fortune 500 companies and corporate trade associations continue to funnel substantial campaign contributions to the “Sedition Caucus” — members of Congress who voted to object to the 2020 electoral college vote, which helped instigate the Capitol riot. Accountable.US found corporate interests gave the Sedition Caucus over $725,000 in October alone, bringing the 2021 total to over $6.8M.
“When corporations continue to reward lawmakers that stoked the insurrection we saw on January 6th, they are helping to normalize sedition, legitimize extremists and marginalize democracy,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “Corporations that condemned the violence the Sedition Caucus inspired yet keep cutting them checks have shown they care more about cultivating political influence than maintaining a healthy democracy for their customers, employers, and shareholders.”
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In 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 this year — including corporations that made pledges to halt or pause donations to the lawmakers that perpetuated the Big Lie. Corporations that gave to anti-democratic lawmakers need to explain to their customers, employees, and shareholders how this behavior squares with their values.
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