Toyota to Stop Donating to US Lawmakers Who Contested 2020 Election
'We are actively listening to our stakeholders'
Car manufacturer Toyota has announced it will no longer donate funds to American legislators who contested the 2020 election results.
The auto company said in a statement:
"Our bipartisan PAC equally supports Democrats and Republicans running for Congress."
"In fact, in 2021, the vast majority of the contributions went to Democrats and Republicans who supported the certification of the 2020 election."
"We understand that the PAC decision to support select Members of Congress who contested the results troubled some stakeholders.
"We are actively listening to our stakeholders and, at this time, we have decided to stop contributing to those Members of Congress who contested the certification of certain states in the 2020 election," Toyota said.
147 GOP lawmakers objected to some electoral votes after Joe Biden was ultimately certified as the winner in 2020.
Eight senators and 139 House members voted to sustain either one or both of the objections to Arizona and Pennsylvania's electoral votes.
But the objections were voted down by both chambers of Congress.
Toyota has donated to more than three dozen Republican election objectors, totaling $56,000, according to data compiled by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
A Toyota spokesperson said in a statement last month, according to The Hill.
"Toyota supports candidates based on their position on issues that are important to the auto industry and the company."
"We do not believe it is appropriate to judge members of Congress solely based on their votes on the electoral certification."
"Based on our thorough review, we decided against giving to some members who, through their statements and actions, undermine the legitimacy of our elections and institutions."
The automaker announced it had decided to stop contributing to lawmakers who contested certification of states in the 2020 contest.
The Lincoln Project said the auto giant "made the right choice" and "put democracy ahead of transactional politics."
Toyota vehicles feature safety detection systems, smartphone integration, and more white nationalism than you might've expected. pic.twitter.com/Qkvl79Oc7k— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 8, 2021
But the Lincoln Project has been critical of the company in he past.
"Toyota vehicles feature safety detection systems, smartphone integration, and more white nationalism than you might've expected," the Lincoln Project had said in a tweet that featured an ad targeting Toyota over its political contributions.