Washington, D.C. — Click HERE to see ‘In Bad Company’ from government watchdog Accountable.US finding that after the Jan. 6 Insurrection, corporations reopened money floodgate to election objectors within months, to the tune of over $8.1 million – including companies that pledged to halt political donations in support of democracy. The report spotlights the hypocritical and complicit post-insurrection behavior of twenty Fortune 500 companies and 10 leading industry groups, may of which sought praise for condemning the insurrection or made flowery statements in support of democracy in the aftermath — and then chose to abandon those stated values within months in pursuit of more political influence.
Major corporations were quick to condemn the insurrection and tout their support for democracy — and almost as quickly, many ditched those purported values by cutting big checks to the very politicians that helped instigate the failed coup attempt. The increasing volume of corporate donations to lawmakers who tried to overthrow the will of the people makes clear that these companies were never committed to standing up for democracy in the first place.”
Accountable.US President Kyle Herrig
SEE EARLY COVERAGE OF ‘IN BAD COMPANY’ BELOW:
- CNBC, 1.3.22: Corporations, trade groups gave over $8 million to GOP election objectors following Jan. 6 riot, new study shows: Since the deadly Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, Republican lawmakers who objected to the results of the 2020 presidential election received over $8 million in campaign donations from corporations and trade groups, according to a new study first shared with CNBC. […] Data compiled by watchdog group Accountable.US shows a handful of corporations that chose to pause contributions or push back on what took place on Jan. 6 later moved ahead with financing the campaigns of GOP lawmakers who objected to the election results. […]
- Boston Globe, 1.3.22: Raytheon quietly resumed political donations to election deniers, report finds; Watchdog group says donations are emblematic of corporate America’s tepid commitment to democratic ideals.
- Business Insider, 1.4.22: Boeing and Pfizer are among the companies and trade groups to have donated $8 million to Republicans who voted against certifying Biden’s election victory, a report says
- Indianapolis Star, 1.3.22: Eli Lilly resumes contributions to politicians who refused to certify election on Jan. 6th
- Indianapolis Business Journal, 1.3.22: Lilly resumes political contributions to Republicans who voted against certifying election
- Axios, 1.3.22: Election objectors land corporate donations
- Politico Influence, 1.3.22: A separate analysis by the watchdog group Accountable.US, first reported by CNBC’s Brian Schwartz, examines the public statements of 30 Fortune 500 companies and major trade groups in the days following the insurrection compared with their contributions — and found the companies and trade groups still donated over $8.1 million to election objectors.
- POLITICO Playbook PM, 1.3.22: Still, objectors got more than $8 million over the past year from top corporations and trade groups, including Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, General Motors and the American Bankers Association, per CNBC’s Brian Schwartz.
- Common Dreams, 1.4.22: Major Corporations Have ‘Broken Promises and Funded Seditionists’ Since Jan. 6, Reports Reveal
- Washington Credit Union Daily, 1.4.22: WATCHDOG GROUP BLASTS CUNA FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO ‘SEDITION CAUCUS’
- Knewz, 1.4.22: Watchdog Shares List Of ‘Seditious’ Jan. 6 Corporate Donors
- CNN: “Following January 6th, we saw most major companies condemn the attacks, at the very least. Many pledged to halt political donations to those who voted to overturn the presidential election,” said Kyle Herrig, the president of Accountable.US. “But mere months later, many of these same companies chose to forget and forgive those who played a role in instigating the insurrection, donating sometimes millions to the campaigns of these folks.”
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