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Dollars vs. Democracy Scorecard

Which companies undermine your freedom to vote?

Over the last year, hundreds of companies have made halfhearted attempts to appear socially conscious by releasing statements in support of voting rights and the Movement for Black Lives. In an effort to disguise themselves as “good corporate citizens” by embodying the progressive values of their customer base, corporations are hoping that no one will bother taking an inventory of their actions.

In reality, many of these companies are spending a combined millions of dollars on extremist legislators pushing anti-voting and anti-protest bills.  All of this adds up to a clear takeaway: corporations are complicit when the lawmakers they give campaign contributions to, use tactics to squash protests and disenfranchise voters to silence Black, Brown, and Indigenous people

Our democracy is at a tipping point: If we pass the For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act we could, together, safeguard and strengthen our democracy. If we don’t, it might be impossible to transition away from fossil fuels and fight off attacks against protest and our freedom to vote, so that we can have a planet our communities can thrive on. Everyone should have an equal say in the decisions that shape our future. It’s time that these corporations put their money where their mouth is in support of our freedom to vote and protest.

Methodology 

The  Dollars vs. Democracy scorecard reflects the actions (and inactions) that companies have taken to protect our democracy, as recommended in our recent report, Dollars vs. Democracy.

What companies are we ranking?

In Dollars vs. Democracy, we scrutinized the actions taken by hundreds of companies and recommended steps they can take in support of voting rights and our democracy. We wrote to the companies that made the largest contributions to lawmakers that sponsored anti-voter and anti-protest legislation, to ensure they saw the report and the recommendations. We also took a close look at what these companies have done to support voting rights. Then, we scored them, to see which companies stand out as defenders of democracy, and which companies flunked our democracy. 

All of the companies who have responded to our letters, so far, and recommendations are included in the scorecard. We have also included a representative sample of other companies, including those who contributed the most to lawmakers that sponsored the anti-voter bills examined, as well as prominent members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has lobbied aggressively against the For The People Act. We will continuously update the scorecard, as more responses come in. 

How did we determine each company’s grade?

To determine each company’s ranking, Greenpeace reviewed the record, public statements, and responses to a letter of hundreds of companies. The Dollars vs. Democracy scorecard reflects the specific actions (and inactions) that companies have taken for our democracy at a time when it’s under attack. 

  1. Have they taken action to endorse the For the People Act (S. 1), such as signing the “Corporate America for Democracy” pledge?
  2. Have they expressed their support for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4) by, for example, signing the Business Letter to Congress?
  3. Have they publicly declare their difference with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s opposition to the For The People Act (H.R. 1/ S. 1)
  4. Have the companies responded to our letter or taken any other significant actions in defense of voting rights?

*In addition to the companies listed in the scorecard, other companies that received our letter but have not yet responded are listed in this spreadsheet.*

Dollars vs. Democracy and YOU! 

This is where you come in. Some of the highest campaign contributors to the lawmakers introducing these dangerous bills are the telecommunications companies you are likely giving your hard-earned cash to, month after month: AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast (read our blog about it here). 

Nationally, there is real momentum for passing  For the People Act (H.R.1/S.1) and Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R.4) this year. Telecom giants like these companies can influence our elected officials to do better! That’s why we are pressuring corporations to take a public stand in support of these bills to help encourage Congress to vote for them.

Demand AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon stop funding politicians who sponsor legislation designed to disenfranchise voting and silence protest, and instead support solutions for our democracy!

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Which Companies Haven’t Responded?

Greenpeace has sent letters to the following companies. We eagerly await their response—and we hope they will take action to strengthen our democracy, rather than supporting lawmakers who seek to undermine our right to protest and vote.

3M
7-Eleven
Abbott Labs
Accenture
Advance America
Aetna (CVS Health)
Amazon
American Airlines
American Electric Power
American Express
American Property Casualty Insurance
Amway
Anheuser-Busch Co
Anthem/Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Anthem Inc.)
AT&T
Atmos Energy
Bank of America
Barrick Gold Corp
Bayer
Berkshire Hathaway
BlackRock
Boeing
Boston Consulting
Boyd Gaming
Bristol-Myers Squibb/Celgene
Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Capital One
Carmax
Catalyst Public Affairs Group LLC
Caterpillar
Centene
Centerpoint Energy
CenturyLink/Lumen
Charter Communications
Check into Cash
CheckSmart
Chevron Phillips
CIGNA
CMS Energy
Comcast
Comerica
Community Loans of America
ConocoPhillips
CoreCivic
CorrectHealth
Cox Communications
CSX
CVS Caremark
D B H Management Consultants
Deloitte & Touche
Delta
Dentaquest
Disney
Dominion Energy
DTE Energy
Duke Energy
East Carolina Anesthesia Associates
Eastern Radiological
Eli Lilly (Lilly)
Emerson Electric Company
Enterprise Holdings
Expedia
Farmers Insurance
Federal Express
Fidelity Investments
Flexpac
Ford
Freeport McMoran
GEO Group
Georgia Power
Goldman Sachs
Google (Alphabet)
HCA Management Services (HCA Healthcare)
HILLCO Partners
Hilton
Home Depot
Honeywell
Howard University
HP
Humana
Hy-Vee
IBM
IGS Ventures
Intel
International Paper
Intuit
ITC Holdings
Jack Daniel Distillery (Brown-Forman)
JES Construction
JetBlue
JM Family Enterprises
Johnson & Johnson
Keystone
Koch Industries
Las Vegas Sands Corporation
Lester Group
Liberty Mutual
Mag Mutual Insurance
Marathon Petroleum
Mastercard
Maxim Healthcare
McGuirewoods Consulting
Mednax
Merck
Micron Technology
Microsoft
Molina Healthcare
Motorola
NASDAQ
NextEra
NiSource
Norfolk Southern
Oncor
Owens-Illinois
Pace-o-matic Inc. (Queen of Virginia Skill and Entertainment)
Pfizer
Philip Morris USA (Altria Group Inc)
Phillips 66
Pinnacle West (Arizona Public Service)
Publix
RAI Services (Reynolds American)
Raytheon
Republic Services
Salesforce
Schneider National
Service Corporation International
Shell Oil Company
Smithfield Foods
Southern Company
Southwest Gas
State Farm
State Street
Switch
Synchrony
Sysco
Target
Teco Energy
Tenaska
The Clay Firm
The Friedkin Group
Titlemax (TMX Finance)
TransCanada (TC Energy)
Travelers Companies
TriStar Health Systems
Troutman Pepper
Truist
Tyson Foods
Uber
Unilever
Union Pacific
United Airlines
UPS
USAA
Verizon
ViacomCBS
Vistra Energy
Walgreens
Walmart
Waste Management
Xerox
Zurich North America

*Greenpeace is always committed to continuing the conversation, and we invite any companies that have either not responded to us, or would like to update their response, to reach out to [email protected]  

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