Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Bad Companies, Part 1

A year has passed since the deadly insurrection on the U.S. Capitol and in the aftermath of the insurrection a great many corporations promised to defend democracy. By the end of that week, nearly every major company in the US and dozens committed to cutting off the lawmakers involved.  

Sounded nice on papers but the facts are quite different. By the end of 2021, corporations and trade groups still donated over $8.1 million to the 147 members of the Sedition Caucus ¹—the members of Congress who validated dangerous myths of voter fraud by objecting to election certification.  

I’m going to share those companies with you …

Altria Group 

After the attack, Altria spokesperson Steve Callahan said:

“Altria strongly condemns the violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol. January 6 was a dark day in American history, and we look forward to the peaceful transition of power that will occur on January 20.”

Altria condemned the insurrection, openly opposed voter suppression legislation, and announced a suspension to its political donations after January 6 so the company could review its contribution criteria.  

Trouble is, those were just words, and in 2021, Altria spent at least $84,500 on campaign contributions to those Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 election results, and donated to the governors of Georgia and Texas who signed voting restrictions into law. 

Boeing 

On January 14, 2021, eight days after the attack, Boeing released a statement:

“Boeing strongly condemns the violence, lawlessness and destruction that took place in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Given the current environment, we are not making political contributions at this time.” 

Boeing then spent the rest of the years donating a total of $190,000 to Congress’ Sedition Caucus, AKA the 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the election results. 

Chevron 

On January 6—the day of the attack—Chevron posted to Twitter:

“We call for the peaceful transition of the U.S. government. The violence in Washington, D.C. tarnishes a two-century tradition of respect for the rule of law. We look forward to engaging with President-Elect Biden and his administration to move the nation forward.” 

By May, that commitment was irrelevant, after Chevron donated $62,500  to the Sedition Caucus; Chevron has also donated to Texas’ governor and attorney general, who helped spread the Big Lie and restrict ballot access. 

More to come …

11 comments:

Vivian Swift said...

This is good to know. Do you tweet? I'd like to get this trending. Or maybe you can send it to your local newspaper and I'll "steal" it and send it to mine and every reader can do the same -- the word has to get out.

the dogs' mother said...

Unfortunately not surprising.
xoxo :-)

Dave R said...

I'd love to boycott them, but I don't use them.

Mistress Maddie said...

Fuck em!

They can't talk out both side of their mouth. I know it seems like an uphill battle and our little bit of money we don't contribute to these companies won't make a difference... like me and Amazon...but I sleep better knowing I didn't give them my coin.

Thanks for this info Bob.

Bob said...

@Vivian
If you go to the link, you can Tweet each individual company that says one thing and does another. I'm going to do that.

@TDM
Brazen lying hypocrites.

@Dave
There are more to come ....

@Maddie
I agree. I have never used Amazon and never will, and they won't feel it, but it makes me feel better.

VRCooper said...

Miscellaneous:

Don't forget Kroger and its other grocery store brands.

Reason: Elain Chow-Moscow Mitch's wife-is now on the Kroger board.

Bohemian said...

Good to know, thanks for exposing the hypocrites and funders of anti-Democracy extremists.

uptonking said...

All three are complicit. Destroy them!

Moving with Mitchell said...

Thanks for sharing this, Bob. Truth.

Steve Reed said...

Good to know!

Travel said...

Avoiding as we speak