“Radical Democrats are planning their most aggressive move yet: a PERMANENT ELECTION INSURRECTION,” one ad from Stefanik blared. “Their plan to grant amnesty to 11 MILLION illegal immigrants will overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington.”
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UBS, The Washington Post reports, has given $17,500 to Stefanik’s “campaign and political action committees.” And declined to give a comment about it to the Post, which conducted an analysis and found that “UBS was one of 22 large U.S. companies with racial justice pledges that continued donating money to Stefanik after her controversial ads.”
These were all companies that made a very public deal to their customers about using their power, money, and influence to combat racism. Behind the scenes, they’re using their power, money, and influence to make sure they keep all that by keeping Republicans in Congress on their side. UBS, Anheuser Busch, Walgreens, and Raytheon are all among the corporations bankrolling Stefanik and, by extension, white supremacy. That money is going where it counts for them: into directing policymaking in their favor.
The 22 corporations that made racial justice statements have given a total of more than $148,000 to Stefanik’s three campaign funds in the period between Sept. 22—a week after her controversial ad last fall—and the latest reporting period that ended March 31, according to a Post tally. That accounted for more than a quarter of Stefanik’s corporate PAC donations and about 6 percent of the $2.4 million she and her PACs have raised since the ad controversy.
It’s just business, said the corporate spokespeople who did decide to comment to the Post on the story. For example, a senior director at Pfizer, Sharon Castillo, said their “decision to contribute to elected officials is made based on their support of the biopharmaceutical industry and policies that protect innovation incentives and patients’ access to medicines and vaccines.”
The employee-sponsored PAC at General Motors, spokesman Pat Morrisey said, gives to both Democrats and Republicans who “foster sound business policies, support American workers and understand the importance of a robust domestic auto industry as we pursue an all-electric vehicle future.” Right.
Stefanik, by the way, was also one of those 147 election deniers on Jan. 6. Of course.