Seven major US companies have pledged not to donate to Republican election objectors in 2022.
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- Seven big US companies have pledged not to donate to Republican election objectors in 2022.
- The companies making the pledge to Popular Information include Microsoft, American Express, and Airbnb.
- The so-called Sedition Caucus comprises 147 GOP lawmakers who voted against certifying Biden’s election victory.
Seven top US companies including Microsoft, American Express, and Airbnb have pledged not to donate to any Republican election objectors in 2022.
Popular Information contacted 183 companies asking if they would withhold donations to the 147 GOP lawmakers who voted against certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 election win – a group that has been referred to as the “Sedition Caucus.”
Microsoft told Popular Information: “We are committed to our pledge.” American Express previously told the publication that its PAC would never donate to any of the 147 election objectors again.
The four other companies to make the no-donations pledge are Dow, BASF, Eversource Energy, and Lyft.
Companies including NRG Energy and Marriott International didn’t make the pledge directly but told Popular Information they’d keep their donation suspensions in place for the time being.
Popular Information reported that General Electric previously said it wouldn’t donate to Sedition Caucus members in 2022, but that it had supported them indirectly by funding the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
After a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, to try to prevent Congress certifying Biden’s election win, many top US companies scrambled to cut ties with the 147 GOP lawmakers who voted against the result.
Dozens of companies said they would stop giving donations to these lawmakers. Other companies said they would pause all political donations, review their contribution policies, or take the January 6 events into account when awarding funding.
Not all companies have stuck to their promises. Major companies have donated around $8.1 million to Sedition Caucus members since January 2021, according to nonpartisan watchdog Accountable.US – and some of these had previously pledged to stop donations to members of the group.