WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three years after the deadly coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol sparked by the ‘Big Lie’, corporate interests continue to donate heavily to Republican members of Congress that voted against certifying the 2020 election results. A new analysis from government watchdog Accountable.US found that since the Capitol attack, Fortune 500 companies and industry trade groups contributed over $12 million just to the top 10 recipients among the election objectors still in Congress.
Accountable.US also found the top 10 corporate donors contributed over $8.6 million to election objectors in Congress. American Bankers Association PAC (BANKPAC) was the largest contributor to all 147 election objectors, to the tune of over $1.7 million. Telecom giant AT&T was the largest individual company that donated to the Members of Congress that have been dubbed the ‘Sedition Caucus’, totalling nearly $880,000.
The January 6th insurrection left a permanent scar on our democracy, but many corporations pretend it never happened by rewarding election objectors in Congress who tried to finish what the insurrectionists started. While CEOs often tell their customers and shareholders that they embrace democratic ideals, it hasn’t stopped many from buying influence with lawmakers who openly threatened our democracy. Many industry lobbyists prefer having a healthy relationship with election deniers in Congress than supporting a healthy democracy.”
Accountable.US President Caroline Ciccone.
Accountable.US collected data for this report through its searchable tracker, optimized to allow the public to review the companies and trade associations who donate in support of election deniers — including corporations that made pledges to halt or pause donations to the lawmakers that perpetuated the Big Lie by voting against certifying the 2020 presidential election.