Microsoft employees raise alarm about donations to GOP senators in support of Trump's election fraud coup
A number of Microsoft employees have raised red flags about the contributions to Republican senators who are supporting President Donald Trump's coup to invalidate the results of the presidential election.
According to CNBC, the concern centers on the Microsoft Political Action Committee (MSPAC), which is an organization designated for employee contributions to federal and state election candidates and a number of other committees. According to the U.S. Federal Election Commission, the organization has a decades-long history of bipartisan political contributions dating back to 1988.
On Monday, Jan. 4, Microsoft President Brad Smith released a statement via Twitter insisting that the company believes in upholding the Constitutional rule of law and the "peaceful transfer of power."
However, his statement was met with resistance from Microsoft employees. In fact, according to the publication, "one Microsoft employee, Jake Friedman, responded to Smith's call on Twitter by asking if Microsoft should stop giving to people who wish to get in the way of a smooth transition."
Friedman also tweeted a screenshot of a $2,000 contribution to a committee in support of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who happens to be one of the lawmakers in support of Trump's ploy to overturn the election.
@BradSmi @tomwarren https://t.co/PSpQQxAfBL Hey Brad, maybe we can stop giving those who want to disrupt the "peac… https://t.co/duCljrux1u— Jake Friedman (@Jake Friedman)1609804816.0
Amid heightened speculation, a Microsoft spokesperson released an emailed statement to CNBC on Tuesday, Jan. 5 addressing concerns about the contributions.
"We weigh a number of factors in making political contribution decisions, and will consider this and other issues in making future contribution decisions," a Microsoft spokesperson said.
The latest concern comes several weeks after the company faced backlash for similar contributions during the general election in November 2020.
Every time you hear a Microsoft executive talk about the values of the company, never forget that the company opera… https://t.co/VqWmHKMkdt— Carmen Crincoli, but Fhqwhgads (@Carmen Crincoli, but Fhqwhgads)1604378795.0
At the time, a Microsoft spokesperson addressed that issue, as well. "We recognize that to make progress on the issues that matter to our customers and to our business, we must engage with candidates and officeholders who hold a range of views," the statement read. "Given the breadth of our policy agenda, it's unlikely we'll agree on every issue, but we've learned that engagement—even when individuals hold different positions—is an essential part of achieving progress."
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