Japanese automaker Toyota’s Political Action Committee (PAC) announced Thursday it will end its policy of giving financial contributions to U.S. lawmakers who objected to the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election, after the anti-Trump PAC, the Lincoln Project ran an ad slamming the company for donating to those Republican lawmakers.
“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,” Toyota PAC said in an emailed statement.
“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.”
The Members of Congress that Toyota is referring to are about a dozen GOP senators and dozens of House representatives who objected to the results of the Nov. 3, 2020, elections. The objection process is lawful under the Constitution and similar objections have been lodged by Democratic lawmakers in recent presidential elections.
When asked by The Epoch Times if the company was concerned about pushback from Trump voters, Toyota said it had no further comment.
Lincoln Project Launches Ad Against Toyota
The anti-Trump PAC, the Lincoln Project, launched an ad on Thursday attacking Toyota for donating to Republicans who they say are supporting anti-democratic forces that breached the Capitol building on Jan. 6 during the joint session of Congress while 2020 election was being certified.
“America’s free-market democratic system has been good for companies like Toyota for a long time, so why would Toyota support politicians who tried to overthrow the very system that’s been so profitable for them. … Toyota’s given more money than any company to the seditious politicians who voted to overturn the 2020 election results,” said the narrator in the ad funded by the Lincoln Project.
BY MASOOMA HAQ