Toyota faces renewed criticism after resuming donations to some Biden election opponents

Toyota in July met with a chorus of criticism from consumers and interest groups over its political donations to members of Congress who voted against Biden’s certification.

In a statement on July 8, Toyota said: “We understand that the PAC decision to support selected members of Congress who challenged the results concerned some stakeholders. We are actively listening to our stakeholders and at present we have decided to stop contributing to the members of Congress who challenged the certification of certain states in the 2020 elections. “

The Lincoln project – a PAC formed in 2019 with the aim of preventing the re-election of Trump – on Monday revived an advertising campaign that reprimanded Toyota for resuming donations to these legislators.

The group said recent donations include five Republican lawmakers who voted to block Biden’s certification: Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Garret Graves of Louisiana, Trent Kelly of Mississippi, David Kustoff of Tennessee and Jackie Walorski of Indiana.

Toyota’s offices and factories are mostly in conservative states – including Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

Ford Motor Co. resumed its donations to lawmakers in April 2021 and did not rule out donations to lawmakers objecting to Biden’s certification, according to a Reuters report.

Following the criticism leveled at Toyota, Ford said contributions from its PAC employees are “biased and take into account many issues that are important” to the company and its customers.

GM also restarted donations after improving its employee-funded PAC contribution criteria around character and public integrity, a spokesman said Car news in July.

In a separate statement sent Monday afternoon to Car newsToyota said it has contributed $ 102,500 to 53 opponents during the 2022 election cycle, Ford has given $ 54,500 to 20 opponents, and GM has given $ 180,000 to 55 opponents.

Greg Minchak, press secretary for the Lincoln project, said the group is targeting Toyota because of the inverted face of the automaker.

“They said they would stop giving the donations and when they thought no one was watching, they did it again,” Minchak said in an email to Car news. “We are constantly keeping an eye on how companies spend their money and want to say more about what it means for corporate America to put cynical politics over democracy.”

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