Here’s Who’s Bankrolling Republican Objectors

Over 100 Republican members of the House of Representatives and a dozen Republican Senators have promised to object to Congressional certification of the electoral college vote. There is no real chance they’ll change anything. So, what’s their motive?

Ted Cruz fundraises off election overturn
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Adam Kinzinger, a Republican Representative for Illinois, called out his GOP colleagues last month, saying that they’re just grifters, putting on political theater for their donors and supporters — that they know they’re not going to change the outcome of the election, but they can win supporters and please donors. The natural follow-up question to that is, exactly who are these donors? Who is bankrolling this project?

Popular Information dug deep to find out who the biggest corporate donors are to the Republicans who will contest the election. Their numbers are based on donations over the past 6 years. They’ve also contacted each of these top 20 donors and asked if they intend to continue supporting these Republicans.

Their top five are

  • AT&T (over $2 million)
  • Comcast ($1.7 million)
  • United Parcel Service ($1.5 million)
  • Deloitte ($1.3 million)
  • Ernst & Young ($1.2 million)

Other companies on the list that consumers will recognize include Amazon, Google, Walmart, Microsoft, Anheuser-Busch, Delta, and major banks including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Capital One.

A few companies did respond, with AT&T, Amazon, Microsoft, Boston Scientific, and Pfizer disavowing, to varying degrees, the attempt to subvert democracy, and a few companies giving noncomittal assurances that they take values into account when making their donations, but no promises to withdraw support from politicians attempting to overturn the election.

Meanwhile, Representative Kinzinger reminded Americans that corporate donations aren’t the only cash elected officials are begging for. He tweeted to share a fundraising email from Senator Ted Cruz, who, in the plea, asks for “emergency support” to help “fuel our fight” to reject duly certified electors.

Trump, too, continues to fundraise off the voters who still think they can help him stay in office for a second term — and in fact, reportedly diverted for his own use funds that donors may have thought would be supporting Georgia Senate candidates.

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