Shortly after the January 6th insurrection, there were numerous news reports listing up to 63 companies (per Popular Information) who were ceasing political donations, either directly or indirectly, to all Republicans who voted to overturn the 2020 election.
New filings show at least three such companies have already reneged on their pledge: Intel, AT&T, and Cigna. However, a new hero has also been revealed: Dell.
There has been an ongoing campaign by Congressional staff and lobbyists to put pressure on corporations to remove their restrictions and resume donating to the Republican objectors. The effort includes “people and groups with ties to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.” Surprise, surprise. In fact, many believe McConnell’s harsh words against Trump in connection with the Jan. 6th insurrection (even after voting not to convict Trump on impeachment) were only for the benefit of his corporate donors.
Dell, however, has made it clear such tactics are not going to fly, and is resisting them very publicly. A Dell spokesperson told CNBC, “We have no plans to revisit the decision to suspend contributions to members of Congress whose statements and activities during the post-election period weren’t in line with Dell Technologies’ principles….” In other words, to put it nicely, Dell told McConnell and his cohorts to go take a hike.
Since Dell is based in Round Rock, Texas (an Austin suburb), it’s perfect response to McConnell’s efforts just thrills me to no end. We may be lacking in decent politicians to report on here in Texas, but at least we have Dell!