Kevin McCarthy tops individual donations list
Other companies whose PACs have made substantial donations to the GOP election objectors include Chevron, Eli Lilly, FedEx, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Pfizer.
An Eli Lilly spokesperson said: “LillyPAC supports candidates across the political spectrum who understand the value of a vibrant pharmaceutical ecosystem to address unmet patient needs. Contributions from LillyPAC will continue to be in line with Lilly’s purpose to make life better.”
Chevron, FedEx, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Pfizer did not respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
Accountable.US’s tracker features dozens of other companies and trade associations that made single small contributions to individual objectors. These feed into the more than $8.1 million that corporate PACs have given to GOP election objectors since the Capitol siege.
Of all the 147 GOP election objectors, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is the top recipient of corporate funding since January 6, 2021, receiving $333,500 from the Fortune 500 companies and trade associations listed on Accountable.US’s tracker.
McCarthy is followed by Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, with $250,000, and Missouri Rep. Sam Graves, with $207,752.
Accountable.US says companies and trade associations indirectly donated millions to GOP election objectors by funding multi-candidate committees like the National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee.
Accountable.US’s Herrig told Insider: “Some things should be bigger than the bottom line, like a healthy democracy. These corporations should recognize that normalizing election conspiracy-mongers in Congress equates to normalizing their anti-democratic behavior.
“If they truly stand by their words in support of democracy, companies must prove it by changing their own hypocritical and complicit behavior.”