1. In January, nearly all corporate PACs stayed away from the 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the election.

There was one big exception.


One of the three major credit agencies.

@Experian_US 2. @SenRickScott voted to overturn the election results in Pennsylvania.

Scott chairs the @NRSC, which supports all 8 GOP Senators that voted to overturn the election

On 1/27, the @NRSC reported receiving a 15K donation from @Experian_US

3. Why did @Experian_US send a large check to the @NRSC? It didn't respond to a request for comment.

But Experian appears very concerned about a Biden proposal to credit a public credit score that would be a transparent, equitable and free alternative

@Experian_US @NRSC 4. @Experian_US is donating to Scott and the NRSC as it crafts a progressive public image.

It publicizes its commitment to honoring black lives while it supports politicians who tried to throw out millions of ballots cast by black voters

5. Will other corporations follow @Experian_US lead and begin donating to the 147 Republican objectors in the months ahead?

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6. Detail I want to highlight. NRSC processed the check 1/27. But Experian's report suggests it was cut on 1/1

Regardless, Scott was spreading lies about voter fraud beginning in Nov & there lots of time for Experian to rescind its contribution after 1/6

7. NOTE: We only have a small window into the giving this year so far. Candidates only have to report QUARTERLY in off years and PACs can opt to report BIANNUALLY.

Party committees like the NRSC, however, have to report monthly. And the Experian PAC elects to report monthly.

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