We should have known. Patriotism and honor are only fleeting things in politics and big business.
Six months after the January 6 Capitol riot, numerous large companies appear to have fallen short of promises not to fund the 147 lawmakers who objected to certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 election win, the Associated Press reported.
The GOP lawmakers objected to certifying the result in relation to false claims made by then-President Donald Trump.
Supporters of Trump breached the US Capitol and clashed with law enforcement on the day Congress was gathered to certify Biden’s victory over Trump.
The AP identified Walmart, Pfizer, Intel, General Electric, and AT&T as some of the companies that said they wouldn’t donate to lawmakers who opposed certification but had since donated thousands of dollars to political action committees that support them.
Some companies used language from the beginning that left open the possibility of only a temporary pause, but the AP also reported that some argued donating to PACs was different from donating directly to lawmakers.
In April, three months after saying it wouldn’t support the 147 lawmakers, Walmart gave $30,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, which supports GOP members running in House elections. More than half of House Republicans voted against certification.