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End Citizens United Calls on Toyota to Ask for Refund of Their Campaign Contributions to Members of Congress Who Voted to Overturn the 2020 Election Results

Jul 14, 2021

End Citizens United sent a letter to Toyota demanding that its PAC ask for a refund of their campaign contributions from members of Congress who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in the wake of the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Read coverage of the letter in Politico Influence here.

After the January 6th insurrection, Toyota said they were reassessing their criteria for political donations. It was later revealed that their review was short-lived. On February 4, less than a month after its initial pause, Toyota gave $1,000 to Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W. Va.), who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Toyota stated that their brief review came to the conclusion that they would not base their giving criteria on one vote to overturn an American election. At the end of June, Axios featured a report from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) that showed Toyota was the largest corporate funder of members of the Sedition Caucus, donating more than double than the second corporation on the list. Following backlash from this report, Toyota said they would cease donations to those members of Congress “at this time”.

ECU’s letter reads:
“What is clear is that although Toyota has said it would not donate to these members, it has been a leader among its fellow corporations in donations to them. That fact renders its latest pause “at this time” meaningless.   

“The only way to remedy this is to request a refund of all $60,000 and to make clear this is a permanent, not temporary, pause. Any action short of this will expose the latest announcement as just another public relations stunt designed to provide cover and mitigate reputational damage until it is safe to donate again.  

“Without these steps, Toyota is actively deceiving the public about its financing of members of Congress who sought to overturn the results of a free and fair election. Toyota will have given tens of thousands of dollars to members it has said it will not donate to and has not committed to refraining from further giving to them.”

See below for the full list of Toyota’s contributions to members of Congress who voted to overturn the 2020 election results:

Jack Bergman (MI-01) $5,000
Roger Williams (TX-25) $4,000
David Schweikert (AZ-06) $3,500
Barry Loudermilk (GA-11) $3,000
Diana Harshbarger (TN-01) $3,000
Jackie Walorski (IN-02) $2,500
Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) $2,000
David Kustoff (TN-08) $2,000
Trent Kelly (MS-01) $2,000
Michael Guest (MS-03) $2,000
Carlos Gimenez (FL-26) $1,000
Ron Estes (KS-04) $1,000
Billy Long (MO-07) $1,000
Carol Miller (WV-03) $1,000
Tim Walberg (MI-07) $1,000
Ben Cline (VA-06) $1,000
Stephanie Bice (OK-05) $1,000
Cliff Bentz (OR-02) $1,000
Ralph Norman (SC-05) $1,000
Rick Crawford (AR-01) $1,000
Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) $1,000
Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) $1,000
William Timmons (SC-04) $1,000
Barry Moore (AL-02) $1,000
Jake LaTurner (KS-02) $1,000
Pat Fallon (TX-04) $1,000
Andy Biggs (AZ-05) $1,000
Beth Van Duyne (TX-24) $1,000
Mark Green (TN-07) $1,000
Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) $1,000
Daniel Bishop (NC-09) $1,000
Alex Mooney (WV-02) $1,000
Lloyd Smucker (PA-11) $1,000
Gary Palmer (AL-06) $1,000
Virginia Foxx (NC-05) $1,000
Greg Steube (FL-17) $1,000
Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) $1,000
Richard Hudson (NC-08) $1,000
Yvette Herrell (NM-02) $1,000
Jeff Duncan (SC-03) $1,000
Jim Banks (IN-03) $1,000

Click here to read the full letter.