Sen. Cruz Rejects Corporate PAC Money, Tells 'Woke' CEOs: 'I Hope the Democrats Take Your Calls' Staff Writer | April 30, 2021 | 12:37pm EDT
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)   (Getty Images)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) (Getty Images)

Given the radical left-wing political agenda of many "woke" corporations and their CEOs, conservative Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he would "no longer accept money from any corporate PAC" and he urged his GOP colleagues to do the same. 

"In my nine years in the Senate, I’ve received $2.6 million in contributions from corporate political-action committees," wrote Cruz in an Apr. 29 commentary for The Wall Street Journal. "Starting today, I no longer accept money from any corporate PAC. I urge my GOP colleagues at all levels to do the same.

"For too long, Republicans have allowed the left and their big-business allies to attack our values with no response," he wrote.  "We’ve allowed them to ship jobs overseas, attack gun rights, and destroy our energy companies. We’ve let them smear Republicans without paying any price."

Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey.  (Getty Images)
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey. (Getty Images)

To the "woke" corporations, he stressed, "When the time comes that you need help with a tax break or a regulatory change, I hope the Democrats take your calls, because we may not. Starting today, we won’t take your money either."

Early in the commentary, Cruz cited examples of CEOs threatening to undermine the state legislature in Georgia because it implemented election reforms -- changes the political left attacked and smeared as racist.

"Coca-Cola’s James Quincey said he opposed 'measures in the bills that would diminish or deter access to voting,'" wrote Cruz.  "Which measures? The ones that allow several forms of identification, which the state provides free of charge, to request or cast a ballot? Or the measures that expand the number of days of early voting?"

Apple CEO Tim Cook.   (Getty Images)
Apple CEO Tim Cook. (Getty Images)

"Maybe Mr. Quincey can be forgiven," wrote Cruz. "He’s British, and they’ve been confused about Americans since the Boston Tea Party."

Cruz also quoted Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier falsely claiming that  “Georgia is the leading edge of a movement all around this country to restrict voting access.”

"Had these watch-me-woke-it-up CEOs actually read the bill—instead of parroting the radical left’s talking points—they’d have discovered they had no idea what they were talking about," said Cruz.

He continued, "This time, we won’t look the other way on Coca-Cola’s $12 billion in back taxes owed. This time, when Major League Baseball lobbies to preserve its multibillion-dollar antitrust exception, we’ll say no thank you. This time, when Boeing asks for billions in corporate welfare, we’ll simply let the Export-Import Bank expire."

h/t Wall Street Journal

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