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April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – More than 600 corporations, business leaders, and other entities, including Google, Amazon, and Warren Buffett, have come together to attack election integrity bills that they claim would “restrict” voting.
“We stand for democracy,” they said in a letter published in The Washington Post and The New York Times on Wednesday. “We all should feel a responsibility to defend the right to vote and to oppose any discriminatory legislation or measures that restrict or prevent any eligible voter from having an equal and fair opportunity to cast a ballot.”
The letter, which does not name any specific legislation, was a veiled shot at the hundreds of election reform bills sponsored by Republicans that are moving through state legislatures in the wake of the highly irregular 2020 election. New bills designed to bolster election integrity have been approved by at least one legislative chamber in 29 states since January. Five already have been passed into law.
Corporate signers of the letter on Wednesday include Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Best Buy, Starbucks, Target, American Airlines, United Airlines, Bank of America, MasterCard, Netflix, PayPal, and Johnson & Johnson, among others. The letter is one of several similar initiatives organized by former American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault and Merck & Co. CEO Kenneth Frazier.
Chenault and Frazier met virtually with nearly 100 CEOs on Saturday to develop strategies to fight election integrity bills, like one that passed in Georgia late last month. Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a close collaborator with Pope Francis and founder of the pope’s “Council for Inclusive Capitalism with the Vatican,” reportedly helped organize the call.
The unprecedented attack on election reform efforts is the latest episode of heightened political activism by major U.S. companies in recent years. Many of corporations involved in the letter initiative on Wednesday have pledged millions in support of the violent, Marxist Black Lives Matter movement, with some, like Apple and Best Buy, excusing, or even glorifying, deadly Black Lives Matter riots.
Multiple signers, such as Microsoft and MasterCard, also are official backers of the far-left “Great Reset” program “to revamp all aspects” of the global economy amid the COVID-19 crisis. Groups linked to the Great Reset significantly influenced American elections last year, as LifeSiteNews reported in January.
House Democrats, in a strict party-line vote, recently passed legislation to conduct a massive federal overhaul of America’s elections and voting protocols, making the inconsistency, confusion, and funny business that plagued 2020 the new, permanent norm in our country.
The bill is called H.R. 1 (also known, ironically, as the “For the People” Act), and, if passed by the Democrat-controlled Senate, will mark the beginning of a once-in-a-generation transfer of power from the people of our country to its politicians.
That’s we must act NOW, and implore our U.S. Senators to vote against this dangerous legislation when it comes before them for a vote.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition asking all U.S. Senators to oppose H.R. 1 as a matter of national importance.
Democrat sponsors have attempted to promote H.R. 1 as a bill to expand voting rights in America, but, in reality, it is the exact opposite.
Among the 791-page bill’s provisions are the following:
- Transfer of control over congressional elections from state governments to the federal government, even though the Constitution explicitly states that such authority belongs solely to states.
- Automatic voter registration, which would require every state to add all eligible citizens to their voting rolls (unless they manually opt out) under the law. This would, additionally, shield illegal aliens who are automatically registered to vote from prosecution, without making an affirmative declaration about the status of their citizenship.
- Mandatory early voting in all 50 states for at least 15 days prior to an actual election, as well as unlimited ballot harvesting and a 10-day deadline extension past an election for mail-in ballots to be received and processed.
- Mandatory, nationwide mail-in voting, without any requirement that individuals provide a form of personal identification upon applying for their mail-in ballot. This would also require that those individuals who request a mail-in ballot be automatically registered to receive mail-in ballots in every election to follow.
- Transfer of control over drawing congressional district maps from each individual state’s legislature to “independent” commissions – another power reserved, in the Constitution, for states specifically.
- Federal funding of campaigns, which would use taxpayer dollars to match campaign contributions made by Americans citizens to candidates for federal office at a rate of 600% (you read that right – your money, being used to fund campaigns and candidates you may not support, nor even have the chance to actually to vote for).
And, that's just the tip of the iceberg.
If H.R. 1 passes the Senate and goes to Joe Biden’s desk, the American people may never participate in a free, open, and fair election ever again.
It is, therefore, imperative that we act to save our Republic from this disastrous legislation NOW.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which urges all U.S. Senators to oppose the anti-democratic piece of legislation, H.R. 1, today.
And, after signing this petition, please CLICK HERE to DIRECTLY CONTACT your U.S. Senators by using the simple contact form LifeSite is providing, here. It is a simple, one-click process, and you don't even have to look up any of your Senators' contact information.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Here’s the anti-people agenda of HR 1 on election reform' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/heres-the-anti-people-agenda-of-hr-1-on-election-reform
'Democrats’ horrifying ‘For the People’ Act would supercharge vote fraud, end America' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/democrats-horrifying-for-the-people-act-would-supercharge-vote-fraud-end-america
'The Democrats’ ‘For the People’ Act would make it impossible to hold free and fair elections in America' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/democrats-are-pushing-the-for-the-people-act-in-attempt-to-make-impossible-to-hold-free-and-fair-elections-in-america
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The corporate pushback against Republicans’ election bills follows repeated lies by the White House and top Democrats about Georgia’s new law, which strengthens voter ID requirements, a popular measure across racial and partisan lines. Other provisions of the law, known as “The Election Integrity Act of 2021,” include expanding early in-person voting while restricting absentee ballot registration time and cracking down on private funding of the election process.
In 2020, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg granted state and local officials across the United States more than $400 million of election process funding, a move condemned as illegal by watchdogs. The funds disproportionately went to left-leaning areas, as in Georgia, where more than $24 million of Zuckerberg’s grant money helped mobilize voters in key counties for Democrats.
Georgia’s election integrity act also strips powers of the secretary of state and other election administrators. Last March, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger signed a consent decree with the Democratic Party that loosened statutory signature rules for mail-in ballots ahead of the 2020 election. The Election Integrity Act of 2021 bans the secretary of state from entering into similar agreements in the future. Dozens of judges have ruled that extra-statutory election rule changes, like those enacted by Raffensperger, broke the law last year.
Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, and other major companies based in Georgia quickly condemned the act after its passage three weeks ago. Major League Baseball protested the law earlier this month, moving the league’s All-Star Game from majority-black Atlanta, to bipartisan condemnation.
President Donald Trump, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and other Republican leaders have called for counter-boycotts in response.
“Baseball is already losing tremendous numbers of fans,” Trump said in a recent message, “and now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections.”
“Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections,” he urged.