Amazon resumes donations to some 2020 election deniers, just in time for midterms • TechCrunch


Amazon quietly ended its pledge to stop supporting politicians who refused to certify the 2020 election. Like many, the company said it would suspend donations to those who participated in the “unacceptable attempt to undermine a legitimate democratic process.” After 21 months, she changed her tune – just in time for her half-terms.

Amazon Donated a total of $17,500 Last month, nine MPs fell under his previous ban, reported Judd Legum, who has stopped many of these companies’ feet with adjustable hits on fire. A list of those who said they would do one thing, and then did another, It can be found here; CNN has a more comprehensive list, but it’s less up to date Companies and their claims.

Among the tech companies (according to Legum’s List) that have donated to voter accreditation objectors or PACs that support them after saying they won’t be AT&T ($600,000), Intel ($98,000), Oracle ($55000), and Verizon ($183,000). Amazon’s contribution may seem rather small compared to theirs, but of course they may just be getting started.

The funny thing about this is their interpretation, from a statement:

… [The suspension] It was not intended to be permanent. It’s been over 21 months since this suspension, and like a number of companies, we’ve resumed giving to some members.

As any kid could point out to them, withholding money from politicians “indefinitely” isn’t much of a punishment for them just to save it on time in the middle of the term. This is where the money would have gone 21 months ago anyway.

surely bone From the democracy that once undermined Amazon still doesn’t receive any money from the company we know, and while we must not allow perfection to be the enemy of the good, we can’t let this change pass without a shadow of a doubt. After all, the people the company decided to strengthen did not openly retreat from their positions. Amazon has not explained whether or how it has contacted 147 Republican lawmakers who have been temporarily blocked. Were the (apparently secret) answers of these nine actors the only ones that showed enough remorse? One would think that reversing such a strongly supported position would merit some sort of real explanation.

I asked Amazon why these members in particular received clemency but the company did not provide an adequate response, only paraphrasing part of its statement it gave to politicians who “agree” with them. I called a more detailed comment.

One can imagine a reassessment of these moratoriums after the midterm elections – after all, this is the perfect way for any politician to publicly show his support for the democratic process. If Amazon and others then say they’re appealing or reassessing donations, that might invite some grumbling but it’s ultimately a rational approach.

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