Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, calling out “woke” corporations as “fair weather friends” to Republicans, has stepped to the front of a new movement to reject donations from companies eager to stab the GOP in the back to appease the Left.
Citing boardroom attacks by Coca-Cola and Major League Baseball on Georgia’s new voting law as the trigger, Cruz said that he will no longer accept donations from corporate political action committees that don’t support GOP causes, and he called on other members to follow.
And in issuing an ultimatum, Cruz put companies that took GOP-support for granted on notice.
“This time, we won’t look the other way on Coca-Cola’s $12 billion in back taxes owed. This time, when Major League Baseball lobbies to preserve its multibillion-dollar antitrust exception, we’ll say no thank you. This time, when Boeing asks for billions in corporate welfare, we’ll simply let the Export-Import Bank expire,” he wrote in a column published by the Wall Street Journal.
“When the time comes that you need help with a tax break or a regulatory change, I hope the Democrats take your calls, because we may not. Starting today, we won’t take your money either,” he pledged.
Cruz’s action could become a litmus test for other Republicans, especially as conservatives continue to react angrily to corporate CEOs who jump at the demands of the left, seen most recently when Black Lives Matter to President Joe Biden slammed the Georgia law that actually expanded voting access.
Starting today, I no longer accept money from any corporate PAC.
I urge my GOP colleagues to do the same.
For too long, Republicans have allowed the left & their big-business allies to attack our values & ship jobs overseas with no response.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 28, 2021
“For too long, woke CEOs have been fair-weather friends to the Republican Party: They like us until the left’s digital pitchforks come out. Then they run away. Or they mouth off on legislation they don’t understand — and hurt the reputations of patriotic leaders protecting our elections and expanding the right to vote. Enough is enough. Corporations that flagrantly misrepresent efforts to protect our elections need to be called out, singled out and cut off,” he wrote.
For Cruz, the move could hurt. He has received $2.6 million in corporate donations as a politician.
Author: Paul Bedard
Source: Washington Examiner: Cruz: GOP must reject ‘woke’ corporate donations