SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 29 July 2021, Thursday |

Toyota halts donations to Republican election objectors

Toyota will stop donations to members of the US Congress who voted against certification of President Biden’s election victory.

The Japanese company faced criticism over the contributions after the 6 January attack on the US Capitol.

Toyota donated more than $50,000 to Republicans who tried to block approval of the US President’s win in some states, it emerged last month.

The company had previously defended the payments.

“Toyota is committed to supporting and promoting actions that further our democracy,” the company said.

The statement went on to say: “We are actively listening to our stakeholders and, at this time, we have decided to stop contributing to those Members of Congress who contested the certification of certain states in the 2020 election.”

The company also noted that its political action committee equally supported Democrats and Republicans, adding, “in 2021, the vast majority of the contributions went to Democrats and Republicans who supported the certification of the 2020 election.”

The firm did not say how long the halt to its contributions will last.