July 3, 2022

Toyota caves, says it will reverse practice of donating to Republicans who objected to 2020 election results

Reversing course from previously announced policy, Japanese auto giant Toyota announced that its political action committee will cease financial contributions to Republican lawmakers who voted against certification of the 2020 election results, as NBC News reported.

According to a statement released by the company, its prior willingness to continue donating to legislators, regardless of their position on the prior presidential election, “troubled some stakeholders,” and therefore precipitated this official shift.

The move in fact came in response to an initiative by the controversial anti-Trump advocacy group known as the Lincoln Project in which its leaders pledged to begin running television ads targeting any corporations still making donations to candidates who opposed certification of Joe Biden’s victory.

Indeed, the group released a spot on Thursday specific to Toyota calling for a boycott of the company’s products in the wake of an Axios report showing that the company had given more money to the group of Republicans who fought against certification than any other corporate entity, as the Daily Caller noted.

Though Toyota initially stood behind its decision to continue donations to the aforementioned objectors, saying it did not believe it “appropriate to judge members of Congress solely based on their votes on the electoral certification,” the pressure brought to bear by the Lincoln Group and a potential boycott campaign were apparently too much for the company’s leadership to bear.

Toyota was not the only target of the Lincoln Project’s harassment, as Comcast was also blasted by the group for refusing to air the anti-Toyota advertisement. 

Given the Lincoln Project’s own sordid history of serious sexual misconduct among its leadership, alleged financial improprieties, and broadly unethical conduct, those who run it are truly the last ones who should be hectoring others on matters of corporate responsibility and citizenship.

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