Let’s see how long this lasts.
In a move that carries the stench of despicable McCarthyism, the lefties who run an outfit called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, sought to shame corporate political donors by publishing a list of who gave to congressional Republicans in the so-called “Sedition Caucus.”
The list, released last week, includes 147 lawmakers, who reportedly received a combined total of $4.4 million from 241 companies or industry political action committees since the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. It also includes those who gave to the GOP committees responsible for electing Republicans to the House and Senate.
These lawmakers “voted against certifying the election and continue to propagate the Big Lie that led to the attack,” CREW wrote. “In the months since, corporate and industry interests have had to choose whether to do their part to uphold our democracy by turning off the flow of corporate donations to these members, also known as the Sedition Caucus, or to continue to support them in order to seek political influence.”
“Many have failed this test, some reneging on a promise to change their giving while others made no commitment and are giving like nothing ever happened,” continued CREW. “By continuing to fund members of Congress who would undermine American democracy, these corporations and industry groups are sacrificing democratic government for access and influence.”
It goes without saying that the stout defenders of the republic at CREW couldn’t be bothered to show which companies gave to all those Democrats, such as Reps. Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, and Nancy Pelosi, who spent years – not just months – working to “undermine American democracy” by spreading the Big Lie about former President Donald Trump’s collusion with Russian operatives.
After all, by demand “responsibility and ethics” from both sides of the aisle.
Nevertheless, CREW lamented that these largely “household” corporate names decided to view elected Republicans who shape policies affecting them and their shareholders – such as opposing President Joe Biden’s proposed 25 percent higher corporate tax – from the morons who crashed the Capitol, and who may or may not have been instigated to do so by FBI informants.
The list includes companies like Koch Industries, Walmart, U.S. Bank, CSX, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, and Cigna. And it mentions industry groups representing insurers, physicians, bankers, and electrical contractors, among others.
Until Republicans in Congress condemn the lies about the election that led to the insurrection, contributions to these party committees should be counted as support for the anti-democratic actions taken by the members of Congress they exist to defend.
Toyota stood out because it gave to 37 lawmakers or PACs, the most on CREW’s list. Toyota’s total giving amounted to $55,000.
CREW, in typical leftist mode, went on the attack, tweeting “Don’t buy a Toyota.”
Moreover, CREW’s smear job was amplified by the liberal website Axios. And Toyota, for one, in responding to Axios’ request for comment, had a notable response.
“Toyota’s PAC, by design, is bipartisan in nature and we contribute equally to the Democratic and Republican parties. Toyota supports candidates based on their position on issues that are important to the auto industry and the company. We do not believe it is appropriate to judge members of Congress solely based on their votes on the electoral certification. Based on our thorough review, we decided against giving to some members who, through their statements and actions, undermine the legitimacy of our elections and institutions.”
In other words, Toyota will give to those who help it sell cars.
As noted at the top, it remains to be seen how long this lasts before the woke mob comes for Toyota. But for now, it’s refreshing to see someone stand up to the bullying.
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