Products we buy can help fund seditionists and war criminals – The Examiner

In the nearly 15 months since the Capitol insurrection, some major corporations have dramatically backtracked on their promise to deny campaign funding to the 147 members of Congress who voted against certification of the election result. 2020 presidential election. Let’s be clear: 147 members of Congress deliberately sought to undermine American democracy and overturn a legitimate presidential election to further Donald Trump’s lie that the election was stolen.

These members deserved pariah status then, and they still deserve it today. But some companies that jumped on the bandwagon of national outrage after the January 6, 2021 Capitol uprising have apparently changed their minds. Maybe subverting democracy wasn’t such a bad thing after all. Or perhaps advancing their business interests (translation: greed) is more important than maintaining a position of principle.

The same goes for the big corporations that still do business in Russia despite the war crimes and wanton destruction of that country in Ukraine. Hundreds of companies have heeded the call to shut down their operations in Russia so dictator Vladimir Putin will rethink his invasion. But for the others ? Meh.

The companies most deserving of exposure for their greed are those that have chosen both to fund congressmen who overthrow democracy and to continue doing business in Russia. Topping the list is Koch Industries, whose motto is “Creating Value. Transform life. Ten million displaced Ukrainians can certainly testify to the transformation in their lives. Georgia Pacific, a subsidiary of Koch, a maker of household products that Americans encounter in the aisles of their local supermarkets, claims an “enduring partnership” in promoting human and civil rights. This will no doubt reassure journalists and dissidents poisoned, imprisoned, exiled or murdered for defying Putin.

Back home, Koch joins Boeing, American Crystal Sugar, General Dynamics and Valero Energy among the top corporate donors to congressional seditionists, according to watchdog group Citizens for Ethics. Koch leads the number of seditionist federal lawmakers who have received donations. Koch was not among the companies that signed condemnatory statements after the Capitol uprising, but Valero joined Ford Motor Co. and Aflac in pledging to pause and reassess their campaign donation policies. They have apparently reassessed in favor of looking the other way and taking back donations either directly from the candidates or through their Republican Congressional campaign committees.

After the 2020 presidential election, various state legislatures approved election laws designed to reduce minority turnout. Hundreds of companies, including American Airlines, Ford, General Motors and Johnson & Johnson, signed full-page ads in The New York Times and The Washington Post condemning the discriminatory election legislation. Yet Citizens for Ethics says many backtracked and resumed funding members of Congress who opposed voting rights legislation.

Americans are not just voters; they are consumers. If they don’t like to feed greed or support war criminals and seditionists, a very good option is to take their business elsewhere.

– St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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