Complete List of Woke Companies Condemning Recent Voting Laws

Ten days ago, I wrote a piece for The Wall Street Journal lamenting how companies I patronize have turned increasingly political and woke. Many are speciously echoing Democratic Party claims that Georgia’s new voting law is racist without specifying how so. Others have been woke for a long time and are becoming more political by the day. I received many dozens of messages—more than I’ve ever received about anything I’ve ever written—and the piece generated more than 2,000 comments on the WSJ website.

Roughly 75 to 80 percent of those who wrote strongly agree with me. But some told me the law is racist. I wrote back to those folks and asked them to send me specific provisions of the law they found objectionable. Only one wrote back and their complaint was about a provision of the law prohibiting anyone from giving free food and drinks to people waiting in line to vote. So preventing people from getting free snacks and beverages is now racist? Really? I’m sorry but I still don’t buy it.

Most of those who wrote me asked if I had a list of woke companies. I did not. But now we have an open letter, published today in The New York Times and the Washington Post, condemning what is really a fictitious assault on democracy and the right to vote. It’s very hard to read online so I thought I’d reproduce it here. If you’ve drunk the Dems Cool-Aid and agree that Georgia’s law is “discriminatory” as the letter implies, you may want to patronize these companies. But I think what they’re doing is incredibly dishonest and insulting.

Although they don’t mention Georgia specifically in the ad, it’s clear they’re referring to its new voting law and the efforts of other states to enhance voter security. The letter implies that Republicans are trying to deny voters “from having an equal and fair opportunity to cast a ballot,” which is ludicrous even to someone like me who isn’t brand loyal to the Republican Party. They claim they’re taking a “nonpartisan” stand, but of course, anyone who has been following politics knows that their “stand” is a transparently partisan slap at the GOP. After all, if there really is a threat to democracy and the right to vote, as they suggest, where is that threat coming from? It’s coming from Republican legislators.

When I was in the Foreign Service, I observed elections in other countries. There is nothing unusual or racist about requiring photo IDs. Many, many countries all around the world do it. And indeed, try getting a job or even visiting the offices of most of these hypocritical companies without a photo ID. Impossible. In implying that voter security laws are racist, these companies are all but calling many of their customers who support them bigots. I am not a bigot and I resent the insinuation.

Here’s the letter and the companies who signed.

WE STAND FOR DEMOCRACY

A Government of the people, by the people.

A beautifully American ideal, but a reality denied to many for much of this nation’s history. As Americans, we know that in our democracy we should not expect to agree on everything. However, regardless of our political affiliations, we believe the very foundation of our electoral process rests upon the ability of each of us to cast our ballots for the candidates of our choice. For American democracy to work for any of us, we must ensure the right to vote for all of us. 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. Voting is the lifeblood of our democracy and we call upon all Americans to join us in taking a nonpartisan stand for this most basic and fundamental right of all Americans.

Corporate signatories (best-known names in bold)

Accenture

AIG

Airbnb

Alphabet (Google)

Amazon

American Airlines

American Express

Apple

Bain & Company

Bank of America

Berkshire Partners

Best Buy

Biogen

BlackRock

BMC Software

Boston Consulting Group

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Cambridge Associates

Cisco

Civic Entertainment Group

Climb Credit

CODAworx

Cowboy Ventures

Creative Artists Agency

Dell Technologies

Deloitte

Discover Financial Services

Dropbox

Eaton

Emerson Collective

Estee Lauder

Evenbrite

EY

Facebook

Ferrara

FirstMark Capital

Ford Motor Company

General Catalyst

General Motors

Goldman Sachs

Harry’s Inc.

Hess

IBM

Insight Partners Leadership

Instacart

Intelligensia Coffee

J & J

Jazz Lincoln Center

JetBlue

Khosla Ventures

Levi Stauss & Co.

Live Nation Entertainment

Loop Capital Markets

Lyft

M & T Bank

Mastercard

McKinsey & Company

Merck

Microsoft Corporation

Mondelez International

Netflix

Newell Brands

Nordstrom

Otherwise Incorporated

Paper Source

Paypal

Peloton

Pinterest

Plaid

Predxion

PwC

Reddit

REI Co-op

Richer Poorer

Salesforce

ServiceNow

Seventh Generation

Slow Ventures

Smith & Company

Sodexo USA

Sodexo Magic

Sonos

Sound Ventures

Spark Capital

Square

Starbucks

Steelcase

Survey Monkey

Sweetgreen

Synchrony

T. Rowe Price

Target

Tory Burch LLC

Tripadvisor

Twilio

Twitter

Under Armour

United Airlines

UTA

Vanguard

Viacom CBS

VMWare

Warburg Pincus

Warby Parker

Zendesk

Zola