Redmond’s Microsoft axes donations until 2022 to lawmakers who oppose Biden victory



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Redmond’s Microsoft axes donations until 2022 to lawmakers who oppose Biden victory

Microsoft Corp., the American multinational technology conglomerate headquartered in Redmond, Washington, had issued a statement later last week saying that the tech behemoth, which had shifted its focus into cloud computing service Microsoft Azure under the rein of CEO Satya Nadella since 2014, would cancel all donations through its PAC or Political action committee until 2022 to lawmakers who had voted to oppose the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.

On top of that, Microsoft Corp. also added that the maker of Windows OS would cancel donations for the same period to organizations and state officials who had suggested the election result should be overturned, joining a growing list of deep-pocket conglomerates whose PACs (Political Action Committee) had already adopted measures similar to that of Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft cancels political donations for lawmakers who opposed Biden victory

Meanwhile, referring to a number of post-electoral violence in the US Capital which had also taken on the US Congress and raised questions over the concreteness in a US democracy, Microsoft said in a statement late last week, “ [The action] will promote and join a conversation with other businesses and organizations that want to strengthen democracy.

Recent events have raised issues of importance to PACs across the business community. Besides, adding that about 20 per cent of Microsoft Corp.’s political donations went to members who had voted against Biden’s certification as the US President, pouring fresh shambles on one of the world’s most advanced democracy, Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a transcript released by the company, “PACs were important, not because the checks are big, but because of the way the political process works.

Politicians in the United States have events, they have weekend retreats. You have to write a check, and then you’re invited, and you participate. Out of that ongoing effort, a relationship evolves and emerges and solidifies.

There are times I call people who I don’t personally know. And somebody will say, ‘Well, you know, your folks have always shown up for me at my events, and we have a good relationship, let me see what I can do to help you.

PACs of dozens of major US conglomerates such as Google, General Electric Co, Walmart Inc, Marriott Inc, Amazon.com Inc., AT&T Inc., American Express, Comcast and a many more had already halted political donations to as many as 147 US lawmakers including House and Senate members who had voted against Biden’s certification.