The Hill: Watchdog group calls on major corporations to severe ties with Chamber over GOP donations
Accountable.US urged eight major companies, including Disney, Google and Pfizer, to disassociate from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over their stance on donating to Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 Electoral College results.
Accountable.US President Kyle Herrig wrote a letter to these companies, highlighting that the Chamber announced in March it will not base decisions on supporting members of Congress solely on the January vote.
“We understand that Disney announced it has suspended its own political giving following the Capitol insurrection. Since the Chamber’s stance directly conflicts with your own, we urge you to disassociate Disney from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. By continuing membership and financial support to the U.S. Chamber, Disney is violating the spirit of the pledge you made following the insurrection,” Herrig wrote in the letter send to CEO Robert Chapek.
Accountable.US plans to engage and call out the companies on social media.
“By continuing to provide financial support of the US Chamber who is acting in direct contravention of their announced policy, they are violating the spirit of the pledges they made. Democracy is not a value that can be compromised, and neither should the promises companies make to uphold it,” Herrig said in a statement on the effort.
Accountable.US found that 24 companies that said they would suspend political giving overall or not give to the 147 lawmakers are members of or donors to the Chamber. In a report, the group called the Chamber’s moves “backpedaling.”