Amazon political donations flowing again to GOP lawmakers who lawfully opposed 2020 electoral votes

Amazon has resumed political donations to Republican lawmakers who voted to object to the 2020 electoral vote count on January 6th, 2021.

That’s according to Deadline, which cited the website Popular Information to report the e-commerce giant contributed to nine lawmakers, “all of whom voted against the certification of electoral votes in one or more states.”

Those lawmakers were identified as Stephanie Bice (R-OK), Tom Cole (R-OK), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Garret Graves (R-LA), Sam Graves (R-MO), August Pfluger (R-TX), Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Rob Wittman (R-VA), according to Federal Election Commission records.

“All supported one or more of the objections to the electoral vote on January 6th,” Deadline noted.

The hypocrisy here, the dirty little secret that the media is hesitant to share, is that Democratic lawmakers have regularly voted to object to electoral vote counts, most notably the 2000 and 2016 elections.

“When we announced shortly after the attack on the Capitol in January 2021 that we would suspend donations to members of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, it was not intended to be permanent,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. “It’s been more than 21 months since that suspension and, like a number of companies, we’ve resumed giving to some members.”

After the protest at the U.S. Capitol, Amazon announced its corporate PAC would withhold future political contributions from lawmakers voting against the electoral count and that they intended “to discuss our concerns directly with those Members we have previously supported and will evaluate their responses as we consider future PAC contributions.”

However, it seems corporate America, much like Americans in general, have moved on from a protest that got out of hand.

“According to the Center for Responsive Politics, members who objected to the results have received $22.2 million from corporate PACs this cycle through June 30 of this year,” Deadline reported. “Comcast also was among the companies that suspended giving, but it has since given $239,000 in contributions to 59 lawmakers who objected to the results, according to data from Accountable.US.


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