is withdrawing campaign contributions
to lawmakers who attempted to overturn the election.
According to The Detroit News
, the automaker announced on Thursday that it will no longer make donations
to members of Congress
who voted against certifying the 2020 election
Toyota spokesperson Edward Lewis told the newspaper that while the “vast majority” of its 2021 donations went to Democrats
who supported the certification of the 2020 election, the company recognizes that “the PAC decision to support select Members of Congress who contested the results troubled some stakeholders.”
We are actively listening to our stakeholders and have decided to stop contributing to Members of Congress who contested the certification of certain states in the 2020 election.
Lewis may attribute the shift in policy to “stakeholders,” but it should be noted that Toyota reversed its policy just hours after the Lincoln Project released
a damning video accusing the automaker of “lashing out massive campaign donations on Republicans who tried to overturn the 2020 election and who now seek to cover up the January 6th attack
on the Capitol.”
Following the Jan. 6 insurgency at the United States
Capitol, dozens of Fortune 500 and other corporations, including Nike
, pledged not to donate to Republicans who voted to overturn election results.
Toyota was allegedly one of them, but the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
(CREW) revealed late last month that the automaker had donated $55,000 to 37 elected GOP
members of Congress following the Capitol riot
Toyota defended its stance at the time to Axios.com, saying, "We do not believe it is appropriate to judge
members of Congress solely based on their votes
on electoral certification."
CREW Communications Director Jordan Libowitz said that while his organization appreciates Toyota's change of heart, it shouldn't have been necessary.
“We’re grateful that Toyota has seen the light and will no longer donate to members of the sedition caucus,” Libowitz told Stardia, adding, “It shouldn’t have taken a public pressure campaign to get them to do the right thing, but we’re glad it worked.”
The Lincoln Project now intends to target other corporations that donate to these legislators, including Boeing, Koch Industries, Lockheed Martin, and others.
“The Lincoln Project will not stand by and watch as companies like Toyota, which have benefited from America
’s economic strength and freedom, give money
who are working to overthrow that same system,” Lincoln Project co-founder Reed Galen told The Detroit News.
Toyota's decision to withhold funding from lawmakers who voted to overturn Americans' choice for president
marks a victory for the Lincoln Project after a period of criticism over its practices.
The Lincoln Project was established in 2019 by Republican “Never Trumpers” George Conway
, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, and Rick Wilson with the stated goal of defeating then-President Donald Trump
In recent months, the PAC has come under fire
for questions about where millions of dollars in donations went, as well as allegations of sexual harassment