In some cases, like Intel, AT&T, and Cigna, it took less than two months.
The common excuse these corporations use is that they are not giving directly to Republicans who tried to prevent the peaceful transition of power. They’re only giving to the PACs that support those Republicans. AT&T told the Associated Press that when it gave $ 5,000 to the House Conservatives Fund, it got a promise that its money would not go to support any of the House members who tried to overturn the election results. Here’s the thing: the House Conservatives Fund led by Rep. Mike Johnson, who voted against certifying President Biden’s victory.
The Senate Republican National Committee, likewise, is led by Senator Rick Scott, who returned after the bloody attack on the Capitol and voted to block the will of the people. Walmart, General Electric and Pfizer have gone from stating that they would not contribute any of the 147 undemocratic Republicans to giving money to the NRSC. Walmart and GE also gave in to the Republican National Congressional Committee, although two-thirds of House Republicans tried to stop the peaceful transition of power.
A Pfizer spokeswoman told the AP that giving an individual politician’s campaign and a committee or PAC supporting that politician’s campaign are two. too different things. “We just don’t think it’s a precise connection, ”he said. And no, Pfizer failed to get the NRSC to promise that its money would not go to the eight senators who wanted to annul the election. Of course, it wouldn’t have mattered much if he had. Even if the NRSC did not technically send the money from Pfizer to support Senator John Kennedy, the only senator who voted against certification and is ready for re-election in 2022, he would have $ 20,000 more than he had prior to donating. Pfizer, which could go to everyone but Kennedy, releasing money that theoretically came from other sources to go to Kennedy. Money is money. If the NRSC has extra money, Kennedy benefits. And if the NRCC has extra money, the 139 Republican members of the House who undermined American democracy are sure to benefit.
These companies said what would make them look good in January. So, it seemed important to appear to defend democracy. But it didn’t take them long to silently backtrack on that or decide that their initial commitments had a loophole that they could drive a truck (full of cash) through. Because corporations are not in the business of protecting democracy. They are in the profit business, and if giving money to people trying to override the elections seems like the way to profit, that’s the way they are going.