After the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising, “dozens of large corporations, citing their commitment to democracy, pledged to avoid giving money to the 147 lawmakers who opposed congressional certification of Joe Biden’s victory on the grounds that electoral fraud stole the election from then President Donald Trump “, The Associated Press reports. “It was a striking gesture from some of the best-known names in business, but it turned out to be largely an empty gesture.”
Six months later, many of these companies – Walmart, General Electric, AT&T, Intel and Pfizer among them – “have started funneling money again into Political Action Committees (PACs) that benefit lawmakers’ election efforts.” whether they oppose voter certification or not, ” PA reports.
Toyota was not among the companies that committed to halt donations to “the sedition caucusas Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) dubbed the 147 GOP opponents. And last month, CREW found out that Toyota was the biggest donor to that group, giving 38 Republicans who voted against certification of election results after January riot 6. The automaker initially defended donations, and earlier this week a spokesperson Told The Washington Postby Dana Milbank that Toyota “supports candidates based on their position on issues of importance to the automotive industry and business.” The Anti-Trump Project Lincoln published a television commercial Thursday morning criticizing Toyota for supporting the anti-Democrats.
And Toyota gears changed. “Toyota is committed to supporting and promoting actions that advance our democracy,” the company said in a statement Thursday. “We are actively listening to our stakeholders and, for now, we have decided to stop contributing to members of Congress who challenged the certification of some states in the 2020 elections.”
CREW spokesperson Jordan Libowitz thanked Toyota. “It shouldn’t take a public pressure campaign to get them to do the right thing, but we are happy that it worked,” he said.