In January 2021, Documented contacted numerous RLDF and RAGA donors to ask if the group's role in promoting the March to Save America rally, as well as other work by RAGA to undermine Joe Biden’s election victory, would affect their continued funding of the groups.
Below is a list of statements Documented received from RAGA donors in January 2021:
Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
EEI said they were pausing all political spending across the board including to RAGA and that they would not be funding RLDF again. A Documented analysis shows the lobbying group had given $260,000 to RAGA since 2014 and according to Energy Policy Institute gave at least $50,000 to RLDF.
Boeing Company Political Action Committee
The Boeing Company Political Action Committee told Documented in January 2021 that they would “carefully evaluate future contributions to ensure that we support those who not only support our company” in response to the January 6 violence. The PAC made a $25,000 contribution in May 2021, according to the 8872 contribution form filed by RAGA that covered contributions between January 1, 2021 through to June 30, 2021.
Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA)
The music industry lobby group has donated more than $180,000 to RAGA since 2014. It told Documented in a statement that it has never funded RLDF, and that it wont be renewing its membership in RAGA for 2021. “RIAA condemns last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol. We support candidates who respect both the rule of law and the results of free and fair elections. In light of the events of January 6, we have reviewed the criteria for our political giving and are not contributing to those who voted against the peaceful transition of power,” a RIAA spokesperson told Documented.
A spokesperson from Microsoft responded very simply to the question we asked: “will Microsoft Corporation fund RAGA in 2021?” “No,” they wrote by email, and in a follow-up confirmed that this decision was because of RAGA’s role in promoting the March to Save America rally. Microsoft gave RAGA at least $36,622 in 2020 according to tax filings, and has given it more than $350,000 since 2014.
“CenterPoint Energy will not make any contributions to the Republican Attorneys General Association in 2021 and is reviewing its strategic giving strategy and will re-valuate in 2022,” a spokesperson told Documented. The Fortune 500 electric and natural gas utility gave RAGA at least $25,000 in 2020, and $190,000 in total since 2014.
“On January 14th NRG terminated its membership with the Republican Attorneys General Association, effective immediately. NRG will continue to ensure its giving strategies and affiliations are in alignment with company values,” a spokesperson told Documented. NRG gave RAGA at least $25,000 in 2020, and $15,000 in 2019 (the first year it had given).
A spokesperson from DTE Energy told Documented that they are pausing all PAC and corporate political spending, including to RAGA. DTE gave RAGA $15,000 in 2020, and more than $130,000 since 2014.
American Electric Power (AEP)
Despite APE claiming in early January 2021 that the company "paused all political contributions and will be reviewing our criteria for supporting candidates and organizations in the future", RAGA received $25,000 from AEP in June 2021.
American Property Casualty Insurers Association Political Action Committee
The Political Action Committee for the American Property Casualty Insurers Association (APCIA), the insurance industry trade association, contributed $50,000 in June 2021. The trade group told Documented in January 2021 that they were “undertaking a strategic review of all political giving to elected officials and organizations.”
Affirm is an online financing company. A company spokesperson told Documented: “We have not renewed our RAGA membership for 2021. We are continuing to monitor developments related to the riots and awaiting the results of the internal investigation that Gen. Marshal called for before making decisions on future membership. We will not support any organizations found to have contributed to the appalling acts that took place in the U.S. Capitol.” Affirm had given RAGA $50,000 in 2020, after giving it $20,300 in 2019 (its first year of funding).
A spokesperson from Western Union told Documented: “On January 8, Western Union informed RAGA that it will not renew its membership until RAGA’s investigation is complete and unless and until Western Union is satisfied with the results of the inquiry and measures to address any concerns raised.” Western Union gave RAGA at least $15,000 in 2020, and more than $100,000 since 2014.
A spokesperson from Alkermes, the Irish pharmaceutical company, told Documented: “In deciding whether to contribute to an organization or candidate, we take into account the potential recipient’s participation in activities inconsistent with the values of our company. In light of last week’s events, we are evaluating our political contribution policies to help ensure our support is focused on the aforementioned principle of working to provide real, tangible contributions to the public health.” Alkermes has given $130,000 to RAGA since 2014, and $50,000 in 2020.
Amgen told Documented in response to a question about their 2021 RAGA membership: “such disbursements have been temporarily suspended pending a review of future contributions.” The company gave RAGA at least $25,000 in 2020, and $95,000 since 2014.
Smithfield Foods, the giant pork industry factory farming company, owned by WH Group of China, told Reuters that they were pausing “all federal campaign contributions.” In a statement to Documented, Keira Lombardo, Chief Administrative Officer said that this pause would now extend to RAGA. The company donated $50,000 to RAGA in 2020.
“We strongly condemn the disgraceful events that took place in our nation’s capital last week and as a result, we have paused all political donations to reassess our approach and ensure that our contributions remain consistent with our core values,” a spokesperson wrote by email. The company has given RAGA $190,000 since 2014.
“We have communicated our outrage with RAGA and made it clear that we expect immediate action, and have paused our engagement with the organization until we feel the appropriate steps have been taken to address this very serious issue. The violence that took place this week is abhorrent and has no place in our democracy. Any individual or organization that encouraged or facilitated this horrific behavior must be held accountable.”