WHAT'S IMPORTANT THIS WEEK
Following the introduction in the U.S. House of Representatives of new voting rights legislation named in honor of the late voting rights champion Representative John Lewis, government watchdog Accountable.US released a new analysis showing that leading U.S. businesses that voiced public support for voter protections gave over $536,000 to key voting rights opponent Mitch McConnell.
Despite signing onto a letter last month in support of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, the affiliated PACs of sixteen major American corporations including Amazon, Facebook, Best Buy, Google, Microsoft, and Target gave tens of thousands each to the Senate Minority Leader’s campaign efforts -- even after he established himself as a leading opponent of voting rights.
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SOCIAL SHARE OF THE WEEK
On August 20th, new FEC disclosures revealed which corporate donors are funding the Sedition Caucus (aka the Republican lawmakers who voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election).
Retweet our tweet to spread the word about the corporations funding seditionists:
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HEADLINE OF THE WEEK
“Watchdog group urges Jan. 6 committee to question Republican AGs”
-- The Hill
We sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the members of the Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6th insurrection, urging them to question Republican attorneys general over their involvement in the horrific event.
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PRESS RELEASE OF THE WEEK
With Texas Poised to Rip Away Voting Rights, Where Are The Corporations Claiming to Support Democracy?
The Texas House reached quorum on August 19th, setting up the all-but-certain passage of Jim Crow-style voter suppression legislation that will disenfranchise thousands of Texas voters of color and voters with disabilities -- while keeping Trump’s “Big Lie” alive. We spotlighted the businesses and their executives that recently donated to these anti-democratic lawmakers and Governor Greg Abbott as they worked to deny the freedom to vote to Texas’ most vulnerable.
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INFOGRAPHIC OF THE WEEK
We all know Republican attorneys general played a role in the Jan. 6th insurrection, but did you know they played a key role? The Rule of Law Defense Fund, the political and fundraising arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association, was responsible for robocalls distributed a day before the insurrection that encouraged people to march on the U.S. Capitol .
The House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6 must call the Republican Attorneys General Association and The Rule of Law Defense Fund and question them about their role in the attack on our Capitol.
Want to know what the robocall said? Read the transcript here:
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