Unthinkable? Not anymore.


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Large corporations and their lobbyists usually try to steer clear of messy political fights. Companies prefer to work behind the scenes, giving money to both political parties and quietly influencing tax policy, spending and regulation.

But President Trump’s effort to overturn the result of the presidential election — and the violent attack on Congress by his supporters — has created a dilemma for many companies. A growing number have decided that they are, at least for now, not willing to support members of Congress who backed Trump’s efforts to change the election result and promoted lies about election fraud.

Over the weekend, several large companies — Marriott, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Commerce Bancshares — announced a suspension of donations to members of Congress who voted against election certification. Yesterday, the list expanded to Amazon, AT&T, Comcast, Airbnb, Mastercard, Verizon and Dow, the chemical company. Hallmark has even asked for its money back from two of the senators who opposed certification, Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall.

And that last addition to corporations walking away from Trump continues to include more of the Republican members of Congress who backed that fool on the way to his attempted coup. RTFA. Please.

5 thoughts on “Unthinkable? Not anymore.

  1. Quislings says:

    “Billionaire backer feels ‘deceived’ by Josh Hawley over election objections : Jeffrey Yass, Club for Growth donor, told associate he did not foresee senator’s role in attempt to overturn US democracy” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/18/josh-hawley-billionaire-deceived-election-objections-capitol-attack
    “Billionaires backed Republicans who sought to reverse US election results : Guardian analysis shows Club for Growth has spent $20m supporting 42 right-wing lawmakers who voted to invalidate Biden victory” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/15/trump-republicans-election-defeat-club-for-growth
    “These 10 Billionaires Went All-In Trying to Get Donald Trump Reelected : Meet the top individual financiers of the “Coup Caucus.”

  2. Update says:

    “Lawmakers who objected to election results have been cut off from 20 of their 30 biggest corporate PAC donors : U.S. executives continue to grapple with political bloodshed and its ripple effects on the corporate landscape” https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/01/19/gop-corporate-pac-funding/
    “The 147 Republican lawmakers who opposed certification of the presidential election earlier this month have lost the support of many of their largest corporate backers — but not all of them.
    The Washington Post contacted the 30 companies that gave the most money to election-objecting lawmakers’ campaigns through political action committees. Two-thirds, or 20 of the firms, said they have pledged to suspend some or all payments to their PACs.
    Meanwhile, 10 companies said only that they would review their political giving or did not commit to take any action as a result of this month’s events.
    See also https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/5UZII4KQGRHMJBEBP4NXFTW6NM.jpg&w=540 (click image to enlarge)
    Dollar voting (AKA: ‘vote with your wallet’) is an analogy that has been used to refer to the theoretical impact of consumer choice on producers’ actions through the flow of consumer payments to producers for their goods and services.

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