According to Wall Street Journal, political action committees for Aflac, American Airlines, Ford Motor Co., and Tyson Foods were among those that made recent donations to the campaigns of some of the 147 GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Many of those donations were publicly halted after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, the Journal said, but the money siphon has been turned back on, federal election documents show.
Reacting to the Journal’s news story, Scott Shepard of the National Center for Public Policy Research points out it is routine for powerful business interests to woo both Democrats and Republicans. It is also routine, he adds, for the two political parties to debate about election fraud and election security, and to refuse to budge from their stated beliefs.
“As people get hipper to how ridiculous ‘woke’ is," he says of the American public, “they're also realizing that they have to calm down and not just accept what the radical Left demands that they do."
One example of political activism happened earlier this year in Georgia, where the Coca-Cola corporation chose a political side --- the Democratic Party --- after the GOP-led state legislature passed voter fraud legislation.
James Quincey, Coca-Cola’s CEO, denounced the new law and announced the mega-corporation was “supporting federal legislation that protects voting access and addresses voter suppression across the country."
That is a reference to the controversial HR 1 bill in Congress that, if passed, would move state-level elections under the power and authority of Congress. Yet the major corporation was pledging to support the bill.
According to Shepard, the 2020 election "really was sort of fishy” and only now, six months after Joe Biden's inauguration, the public is learning so-called “The Big Lie” is sounding more credible.
"In Georgia,” he warns, “we're finding stacks of ballots that were supposed to be mail-in ballots, but they were never folded, and tons of ballots that look awfully like they were photocopied.”
Other companies and trade groups such as Boeing, the National Association of Realtors, and JetBlue Airways have resumed corporate PAC donations to the GOP objectors, The Wall Street Journal noted, but some corporations that made public pledges to stop PAC donations are sticking by that pledge.
Those companies include Amazon, Walmart, AT&T, Nike, and Mastercard.