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Companies paid more than M50 million to voter control supporters

WASHINGTON – When Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines executives spoke out against Georgia’s new voting law last week, it appeared that Corporate America would create a new process. But if the leaders of the country’s most important institutions are going to reject lawmakers who support banned voting activities, they must abruptly change course. State lawmakers across the country have been pushing for new voting restrictions and seizing unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud by former President Donald Trump, who have reaped more than $ 50 million in corporate donations in recent years, according to a new report by Public Citizen. Washington-based government watchdog. The report finds that the telecom company AT&T has donated more than $ 800,000 since 2015 to the authors of the proposed regulations, supporters of such measures or those who voted in favor of the bill. Other top donors during the same period include Comcast, Philip Morris USA, United Health Group, Walmart, Verizon, General Motors and Pfizer. Voting laws were not paid for with the law in mind, but nonetheless, many of the banned measures helped to secure Republican control in the now-emerging states. Voter rights groups see this as an attack on democracy, testing whether companies continue to pay these lawmakers and whether they are increasingly prepared to forcibly criticize anti-risk corporate leaders for their relentless efforts. “This is really Corporate America, as a whole, financing these politicians,” said Mike Tonglis, one of the authors of the report. “Many people seem to be trying to hide under a rock and hope this issue will pass.” More than 120 companies, described in an earlier report, have said they will reconsider donations to members of Congress, acting on the same lies as state lawmakers and opposing Trump certifying President Joe Biden’s victory following the terrorist attack on U.S. Capitol. Supporters. Tensions are now very clear in Georgia, where the far-flung new voting law is under intense scrutiny, sparking criticism from Delta and Coca-Cola. On Friday, Star Game in Atlanta announced that MLB will no longer be hosted by 2021. It is unclear, however, whether this aggressive new pose will extend to corporate campaign donation practices. Early indicators show that there is risk. Their criticism of the new law comes after the GOP Senate failed to take it up before the legislature adjourned. What is certain is that, as many companies have done at the federal level, withholding corporate donations to state-level candidates will have a huge impact on state households. The $ 5,000 contribution to a U.S. senator raising $ 30 million is a drop in the bucket. But in some of these state races, a few thousand dollars can buy a lot of advertising time, ”said Donglis. “If Corporate America is going to say that (Trump’s) lies are unacceptable at the federal level, what at the state level?” The public citizen analyzed the 245 anti-voting bills proposed before March 1. They selected a list of sponsors and sponsors, while also analyzing ballot roll calls. They then cite data with pre-2015 statewide donation records, including money from the company’s political action committees, and direct contributions from corporate treasuries. Among their findings: – Companies donated at least 50 million to lawmakers who supported voting restrictions, including 22 million in the 2020 campaign cycle. – At least 81 Fortune 100 companies have issued a total of 7 7.7 million restrictions to supporters. – Nearly half of all Fortune 500 companies donated a total of $ 8,88 million to supporters of the restrictions. – Three-quarters of companies that changed donation policies in the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol attack have also provided for legislators who supported voting rights restrictions. – More than 60 companies have paid at least 000 100,000 to lawmakers who supported the restrictions. – Separately, industry groups and trade associations provided an additional $ 36 million to lawmakers, of which $ 16 million was provided during the 2020 cycle. AT&T responded by saying that “the right to vote is sacred,” but declined to say whether the company would withhold donations from state lawmakers, as it did to members of Congress who opposed Biden’s victory. “We understand that election laws are complex, not the responsibility of our company’s expertise and ultimately elected officials. But, as a company, we have a responsibility to get involved,” AT&T CEO John Stanky said in a statement, adding that Verizon CEO Hans Westberg The statement said, “We strongly oppose the enactment of any law or the acceptance of any action. It is difficult to vote.” But he stopped promising any specific action. Comcast said in a statement that “efforts to restrict or prevent any citizen from accessing this important constitutional right are inconsistent with our values.” The company does not comment on whether it can evaluate the provision to lawmakers who support the measures. Philip Morris USA, the parent company of Altria, promised in a statement that “every eligible voter will be able to exercise their right to vote” to monitor the legislature’s “compliance with our political contribution guidelines when making future contributions”. The other companies listed in the report declined to comment or did not respond to inquiries from the Associated Press. On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urged companies to oppose what he called a “powerful and rich campaign to mislead and oppress the American people.” “Our private sector must stop taking notes from the outrageous-industrial campus,” the Republican Party of Kentucky said in a statement. “Americans do not want or want big business to grow … or react with every controversy generated with frantic left-wing signals.” And allows the Republican-controlled State Electoral Board to remove and replace district election officials, among a number of other regulations. His top organizations include donors AT&T (, 900 15,900) and United Health Group (, 900 12,900). Mullis chairs Net’s rules committee, which plays a key role in deciding which bills to vote for. Republican State Sen. Butch Miller, another supporter of the bill, has received at least 29,729,000 corporate donations since 2015. His top corporate providers are United Health Group ($ 15,700) and AT&T ($ 6,13,600), according to the report. Miller and Mullis did not respond to requests for comment. Brian Slodisco, The Associated Press

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