After the bloody pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, a number of corporations announced plans to suspend contributions to members of Congress who– like Congressman Cline– shrugged off the outrage and voted against formally certifying the election of Joe Biden as president.
Other companies simply paused political contributions entirely.
Toyota Motor Corp. said it was reviewing its campaign contribution policies.
“Given the recent events and the horrific attack on the U.S. Capitol, we are assessing our future PAC criteria,” Toyota said in a statement.
The review is over. Automotive News reported on April 1:
Toyota Motor Corp., which had been reviewing its political contributions since January, said it “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,” the Japanese automaker said in a statement. “However, we have decided against giving to some members who — through their statements and actions — undermine the legitimacy of our elections and institutions.”
And so on March 31, 2021– less than three months after the insurrection– Cline’s campaign received a $1,000 donation from the Toyota Motor North America Inc. Political Action Committee.
By Toyota’s standards, it seems, Cline’s support for his friend Sidney Powell’s crazed conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election did not undermine “the legitimacy of our elections and institutions.”
Some of us would disagree.