UPDATE: @Toyota, which after 1/6 said it would be "assessing our future PAC criteria," donated $1000 to @virginiafoxx, who objected to the certification of the Electoral College, on 3/22, according to a new FEC filing
@Toyota @virginiafoxx In 2021, @Toyota has contributed to at least three members of Congress who voted to overturn the election on 1/6:

@virginiafoxx (1K)
@CliffBentz (1K)
@RepAlexMooney (1K)
After 1/6, @Truist said it was "carefully reviewing our political engagement practices to assure that Truist exclusively supports candidates who advance unity and democracy"

@virginiafoxx, who voted to overturn the election on 1/6, received $2500 from @Truist on 3/25.
We will learn more about what various corporations have been up to this year in the next few days.

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*It's @TruistNews who donated to @virginiafoxx

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14 Apr
1. Hundreds of corporations have signed onto a new letter supporting "the right to vote" and opposing "discriminatory legislation" and I'm not impressed.

Here's why. Image
2. The statement does not address specific voter suppression bills that are under consideration in Texas, Arizona and elsewhere.

And the organizers of the letter made clear that there is no expectation that the signatories oppose any specific bills. Image
3. This is exactly what we saw in Georgia where a number of companies endorsed a broad statement in support of voting rights issued by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce but stayed silent on individual bills.

These kind of statements have no impact.
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13 Apr
1. There is no one with a more cynical approach to politics than @JDVance1

This will be a short thread.

Follow if interested.
@JDVance1 2. J.D. Vance is going to run for the U.S. Senate.

In preparation for that his friend and business partner, billionaire corporate executive Peter Theil, has donated $10 MILLION, to a Super PAC that supports his candidacy
3. Theil is the chairman of Palantir, on the board of Facebook, and runs a hedge fund.

Backed by this mountain of corporate cash, Vance has the audacity to present himself as someone who is prepared to take on the elite and corporate power

Read 4 tweets
13 Apr
1. Corporations received a lot of positive press for holding a Zoom call discussing the possibility of action in support of voting rights but there is no time to waste.

Texas could approve new voter suppression bills any day.

2. Corporate America failed to act with focus and urgency in Georgia and many companies issued statements opposing new restrictions AFTER the bill was signed into law.

Will they repeat the same mistake in Texas?

3. One thing that is getting lost is that very few companies have spoken out specifically against the Texas bills, HB6 and SB7.

And none have said they will cut off funding to the sponsors of these bills.

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12 Apr
1. Seven members of the North Carolina Senate have introduced draconian anti-trans legislation targeting children, adults, and medical professionals.

These legislators are backed by corporations that purport to be champions of LGBTQ rights and equality

2. The bill, S514, bans anyone under the age of 21 from receiving gender-affirming treatment, including reversible hormone therapy.

This means it targets minors and adults.

And it would require doctors to terminate therapy in the middle of treatment.

3. S514 would also create a surveillance state in North Carolina schools, requiring teachers to report any students who demonstrate "gender nonconformity" to their parents

Teachers that fail to do so will be subject to professional "discipline."

Read 10 tweets
11 Apr
UPDATE: After 1/6, @exxonmobil said it "has a robust process to assess the candidate’s platform, prior voting record, and consistency with the company’s priorities"

On 1/14, @exxonmobil donated $1500 to Congressman @CliffBentz, who objected to certifying the Electoral College
@exxonmobil @CliffBentz .@Toyota donated $1,000 to @CliffBentz on 3/22. This is the second member of Congress that voted to overturn the election and then got a contribution from Toyota.

These reports will be coming out over the next few days. We are just getting the first few.

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Read 5 tweets
8 Apr
1. Republicans in Florida are advancing a proposal they claim will ensure "intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity" at colleges but will actually create a dystopian surveillance state at the state's public universities

Follow along if interested

2. First, the Florida bill would "require public universities to survey students, faculty and staff about their beliefs and viewpoints"

But it "offers no assurances that the survey’s answers will be anonymous" and doesn't' say how the data will be used

3. Second, the Florida bill allows students to record any class without the professor's permission and use the recording " in connection with a complaint to the public institution of higher education" or "as evidence in a criminal or civil proceeding"

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