Hundreds of corporations and executives on Wednesday announced their opposition to “discriminatory legislation” that would tighten election security.
Their statement appeared in advertisements in The New York Times and The Washington Post and follows dozens of major companies, including General Motors, Ford, Coca-Cola and Major League Baseball, objecting to voter integrity measures sponsored by Republican state lawmakers throughout the U.S.
“Voting is the lifeblood of our democracy and we call upon all Americans to join us in taking a nonpartisan stand for this most basic and fundamental right of all Americans,” the statement, first reported by The Times, says.
“We should all feel a responsibility to defend the right to vote and to oppose any discriminatory legislation or measures that restrict or prevent any eligible voter from having an equal and fair opportunity to cast a ballot.”
WE STAND FOR DEMOCRACY — 100s of companies and exec sign this letter opposing “any discriminatory legislation.” Ad appeared in the NYT and @washingtonpost today. w / @andrewrsorkin https://t.co/TSPtxjkWhR pic.twitter.com/bAtS8SyseB
— David Gelles (@dgelles) April 14, 2021
Among the hundreds of signees were Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett and John Kushner, the founder of venture capital firm Thrive Capital and the brother of Jared Kushner.
The statement was also signed by Amazon, Apple, American Airlines, Bank of America, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, Target, Starbucks and dozens of other corporations.
The statement does not point to specific legislation, but various companies have separately called out specific bills and actions.
Major corporations based in Michigan, including GM, Ford and Detroit’s four professional sports teams, announced their opposition to 39 voting bills promoted by Republican lawmakers.
In Georgia, MLB relocated its All-Star Game after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed an election integrity bill into law in late March.
Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines, two Atlanta-based companies, also decried Georgia’s new law, leading the state’s Republicans to threaten to revoke the airline’s tax break.
Many Republicans have criticized the companies’ actions.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said corporations should “stay out of politics” last Monday, and former President Donald Trump called for a boycott of dozens of companies who had spoken out against the voting laws.
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