Shortly after the riot at the U.S. Capitol last Jan. 6, the Big 4 each put out statements saying they were either suspending all political contributions or suspending PAC funding to the 147 Republican members of Congress who voted to overturn the presidential election results. It was a move, they said, to “facilitate a smooth transition to the Biden/Harris administration,” “support a peaceful transfer of power,” and to “restore peace so we can move forward together as a nation.”
A year later, corporate PAC contributions to Republican election objectors have decreased by nearly two-thirds, according to the website Popular Information which reviewed Federal Election Commission filings in 2021 and 2019. And since the chaos at the Capitol happened a year ago tomorrow, 79 major corporations—including Allstate, Nike, and Walgreens—have kept their promises of not donating directly to Republican lawmakers who objected to the election results or to multicandidate committees that support these Republicans, like the National Republican Campaign Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Popular Information reported.
Popular Information goes on to say:
Another 26 companies — including Comcast, Dell, and Google — have not donated to individual Republican objectors but have donated to committees like the NRCC and NRSC. 58 companies—including Eli Lilly, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and American Airlines—have directly violated their pledge by donating directly to Republican objectors.
According to Popular Information’s January 6 corporate accountability index, PwC has donated $124,000 to 27 Republican objectors since last January, $15,000 to the NRSC on both July 7 and Oct. 5, 2021, and $15,000 to the NRCC on both July 21 and Sept. 30, 2021.
Deloitte and EY are two of the 52 companies that Popular Information said “pledged to suspend all PAC donations. Since then, they’ve donated directly to one or more of the 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the election. Some have also donated to multi-candidate committees that primarily support Republican objectors.”
While we don’t know the extent of EY’s political giving since the Jan. 6 insurrection, Popular Information founder and journalist Judd Legum tweeted about Deloitte’s political contributions on Monday:
UPDATE: After 1/6, @Deloitte said it was suspending all political donations and "will not support those who work to undermine the rule of law"
On 11/29, @Deloitte donated $35,000 to 8 Republicans who voted to undermine the rule of law on January 6
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 3, 2022
KPMG is one of 16 companies that Popular Information said “violated the spirit of the pledge” by giving contributions to the NRCC or NRSC.
After January 6, KPMG said: “The KPMG PAC is imposing a moratorium on contributions to Members of Congress who supported objections to state certifications of the 2020 presidential election results, during which time we will re-evaluate our approach to PAC giving.” KPMG donated $15,000 to the NRSC on June 30.
Were the statements released by the Big 4 after the siege of the Capitol on Jan. 6 saying they were suspending political contributions and doing their part to “help our great nation come together and heal” nothing more than good PR? Yes. But—and defending the Big 4 makes me vomit in my mouth a bit—they said they were “suspending” not “ceasing” political contributions to those Congressional Republicans and the committees that support them.
Popular Information saying that the Big 4 “violated their promises” is incorrect. The word “suspending” is defined as “temporarily prevent from continuing or being in force or effect.” Knowing how shady the Big 4 is, suspending political contributions to those 147 Republicans and those two committees could have meant one day, one week, one month, three months. Only they know. Anyone who thinks the Big 4 would completely cut off these political contributions lives in a world of make-believe.