Tell Toyota: Stop funding GOP election deniers

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda

Toyota just broke its pledge to stop bankrolling Republicans in Congress who tried to overturn the 2020 election – AGAIN.

Here’s what happened: after the deadly January 6th insurrection, Toyota – like many other companies – said it would stop funding the 147 congressional Republicans who, by peddling Donald Trump’s lies and refusing to certify the 2020 election, encouraged the rioters.

But the company changed its mind just weeks later – and by spring 2021, Toyota’s corporate PAC had donated more than $60,000 to help re-elect 39 GOP election deniers. [1]

Rightfully, Toyota’s hypocrisy was publicly lambasted by activists and advocacy groups alike. Unable to evade the backlash, the company eventually announced that it would once again stop funding these Republicans – a decision that was broadcast in several major news publications.

But it appears Toyota was just buying time. In March, the company quietly broke its promise for a second time – when its PAC contributed to the campaigns of four 2020 election objectors.

And unfortunately, Toyota is not alone. PACs of companies – like AT&T, General Motors, UPS, and more – that promised to halt donations to GOP election deniers in the wake of the insurrection have since collectively kicked in more than $2,300,000 to help re-elect them. [2]

We need to shine a spotlight on these companies and demand better from them. They’re particularly worried about their public images right now – and by speaking out, we can strike a powerful blow for corporate accountability.


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To: Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda
From: [Your Name]

Now that Toyota thinks nobody is looking, the company is once again breaking its pledge and funding 2020 election objectors in Congress.

We urge Toyota and other companies that pledged to stop bankrolling these Republicans to keep their promises and recommit to putting our democracy before their political interests.