Microsoft has announced that it will suspend all donations for the upcoming 2022 election cycle for any members of Congress, state officers, and organizations who voted to object to the certification of electors within the 2020 election or supported making an attempt to overturn the election.
The corporate had temporarily suspended all political contributions after the January sixth assault on the Capitol, with Microsoft taking the time to resolve “whether or not to droop additional donations to people who voted in opposition to certification of the Electoral Faculty.” Right this moment’s announcement makes that call a everlasting one for the approaching election cycle, however just for politicians who tried to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory within the 2020 election. (Different politicians will nonetheless be eligible for Microsoft’s donations.)
Microsoft additionally introduced a brand new firm program referred to as the Democracy Ahead Initiative. It’s designed as an outlet for workers to donating in the direction of organizations that look to enact marketing campaign finance reform and defend voting rights, as an alternative of supporting politicians.
Lastly, the corporate additionally introduced a change within the title of its PAC, which had beforehand been generally known as the Microsoft Political Motion Committee (MSPAC.) Going ahead, the group will probably be referred to as the Microsoft Company Stakeholders Voluntary PAC (MSVPAC), so as to higher mirror that the group is “funded solely by voluntary donations of Microsoft stakeholders.”
Microsoft isn’t the one main tech firm to make the choice to cease funding the members of Congress who sought to overturn the 2020 election. Google made an identical announcement on the finish of January: its NetPAC “won’t be making any contributions this cycle to any member of Congress who voted in opposition to certification of the election outcomes.”
And different tech corporations are additionally urgent pause: as CNN’s comprehensive list shows, AT&T, Amazon, Verizon, Comcast, Dell, and Intel have all indefinitely suspended any donations to electoral objectors.