Republicans are freaking out after more than 100 corporate leaders convened in a “first-of-its-kind” meeting to plan a concerted response to the GOP-backed voting rights restrictions that have swept the nation following Donald Trump’s humiliating electoral defeat in November.
As reported by CBS News, the business executives are considering halting donations to GOP candidates in response to their push to restrict voting access. The move comes amid a fissure between the GOP and Corporate America after Georgia Republicans passed the controversial anti-voting bill HB 202 late last month.
Now, many GOP Senators are accusing corporate America of falling into the hands of the “radical leftists,” Axios reports.
Last month, when 100 major corporations signaled their opposition to HB 202, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., whose PAC received some $475 million from corporate donors last year alone, told Corporate America to “stay out of politics.”
“Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order,” McConnell said.
Meanwhile, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., tweeted on Sunday, “Oligarchy defined: The most powerful corporations in America get together to plan how to control legislation in dozens of states.”
“It’s kind of scary how major corporations are trying to force policy changes,” echoed Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe.
However, Saturday’s call between company executives “shows they are not intimidated by the flack. They are not going to be cowed,” said Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a Yale management professor and one of the call’s organizers, according to Axios.