Corporations Claim to Support Black History Month but Pay to Suppress Votes from BIPOC

From a new report by Accountable US:

Major corporations that have publicly touted their celebration of Black History Month and previously promoted voting rights contributed at least $459,000 to lawmakers who blocked two pieces of federal voting rights legislation, the Freedom to Vote Act (FTVA) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (JLVRAA), in 2021. The FTVA would restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated individuals, ensure people with disabilities have equal access to absentee ballots, and prohibit long wait times to vote—which largely impacts Black and Latino voters. The JLVRAA would restore provisions of the Voting Rights Act and strengthen protections against discriminatory state laws.

Several companies that publicly support voting rights donated at least $459,000 in 2021 to the senators who are so vehemently against the expansion of access to the ballot:

  • Verizon commemorated Black History Month, but in 2021 donated $126,000 to senators who blocked federal voting rights legislation.
  • Meta commemorated Black History Month, but in 2021 donated $27,500 to senators who blocked federal voting rights legislation.
  • Dell Technologies commemorated Black History Month, but in 2021 donated $41,000 to senators who blocked federal voting rights legislation.
  • Microsoft Corporation commemorated Black History Month, but in 2021 donated $135,000 to senators who blocked federal voting rights legislation.
  • Google commemorated Black History Month, but in 2021 donated $99,500 to senators who blocked federal voting rights legislation.
  • Amazon commemorated Black History Month, but in 2021 donated $30,000 to senators who blocked federal voting rights legislation.

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