Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, this week lashed out at corporate executives who adopt a political agenda without knowing the facts, and announced not only is he going to be rejecting contributions from their political action committees, but he’s urging other Republicans to do the same.
The problem for Cruz is that corporate officials adopted leftist talking points about election integrity laws in Georgia, and condemned the changes as deterring voters.
But they don’t, Cruz pointed out, in a Wall Street Journal commentary.
“Georgia’s new election law runs 98 generously spaced pages. A fast reader can get through it in one sitting. If you’re the CEO of a major corporation, you can pay someone to do it for you. But I don’t think CEOs took the time to read Georgia’s Election Integrity Act of 2021, because so much of what they said about it was nonsense,” he explained.
“Coca-Cola’s James Quincey said he opposed ‘measures in the bills that would diminish or deter access to voting.’ Which measures? The ones that allow several forms of identification, which the state provides free of charge, to request or cast a ballot? Or the measures that expand the number of days of early voting?
“Maybe Mr. Quincey can be forgiven. He’s British, and they’ve been confused about Americans since the Boston Tea Party. But Merck’s Kenneth Frazier said, ‘Georgia is the leading edge of a movement all around this country to restrict voting access.’ Was he referring to the law’s provision that mandates more ballot boxes? Or the one that shifts Georgia’s electoral oversight to a nonpartisan appointee?”
Cruz said the CEOs should have read the law, rather than “parroting the radical left’s talking points” and then they could have found “they had no idea what they were talking about.”
He said because of the executives’ clear political bent, things will be changing.
“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 warned.
“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.”
He said, “Enough is enough. Corporations that flagrantly misrepresent efforts to protect our elections need to be called out, singled out and cut off.”
For starters, he said he’ll no longer accept money “from any corporate PAC.”
And, he said, “I urge my GOP colleagues at all levels to do the same.”
“For too long, Republicans have allowed the left and their big business allies to attack our values with no response. We’ve alowed them to ship jobs overseas, attack gun rights, and destroy our energy companies. We’ve let them smear Republicans without paying any price,” he said.
He suggested that besides not taking corporate PAC money, Republicans might not be taking their calls, either.
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