Do you use Facebook?
We all use Google.
What do you think of all the voter suppression in many states?
How does all these questions relate?
In the first quarter of 2021, Facebook, Google, and several other major American companies donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Republican political group that advocates for voter suppression laws around the United States.
Facebook donated $50,000, and Google donated $20,000, according to a new report from Popular Information, alongside a $50,000 donation from AT&T and $100,000+ donations from two major pharmaceutical companies: Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca.
The organization that received those donations — the Republican State Leadership Committee — describes itself as, “the largest national organization focused on electing Republicans to state offices in every corner of the nation.”
The RSLC supports Republican candidates that have supported voter suppression laws, and itself advocates for said laws.
So the very sites that you use to stay in touch and/or get information have spent time and money helping these voter suppression laws by Repubs get passed.
Then there is AstraZeneca…the vaccine hero for the pandemic…….helping save lives all the while working to help suppress the vote….a perfect example of the slim in corporate world.
Facebook and the others were not alone….
Since 2015, AT&T, Comcast, UnitedHealth Group, Walmart, and other big businesses have donated a combined $50 million to state Republican lawmakers who are currently supporting voter suppression bills across the United States—generous political spending at odds with recent corporate efforts to rebrand as defenders of voting rights.
A new report (pdf) released Monday morning by consumer advocacy group Public Citizen found that during the 2020 election cycle alone, U.S. corporations donated $22 million to Republican architects of voter suppression bills that are advancing through state legislatures nationwide.
Read the pdf and weep for our nation.
You still think these sites are indispensable to your life?
Maybe it is time to stop letting these corporate slugs run and ruin your life.
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”