Pressure mounts on corporations to denounce GOP voting bills

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 6, 2021

GOP state lawmakers in Georgia are calling for the removal of Coca-Cola products from their congressional offices as the company faces intense criticism from Republicans over their comments on Georgia's new election laws, Daily Wire reports.

The new law has been subject to intense controversy since it was first proposed. They have argued that these restrictions are primarily intended on preventing African-Americans from voting.

On March 25, Gov. Kemp signed a sweeping election reform bill into law that would require absentee ballots to be verified with a photo ID and expand early voting for primary and general elections, among other changes.

Despite the article's warnings to companies headquartered and operating from Georgia not to donate to candidates who supported the election reforms, "spread awareness", and "fight for federal laws" that would eliminate opportunities for future election adjustments, CBS did not signal any intent to engage in its own state boycott.

The letter comes less than a week after Coca-Cola CEO James Quincy released a statement condemning Georgia's new election law.

"Given Coke's choice to cave to the pressure of an out of control cancel culture, we respectfully request all Coca-Cola Company products be removed from our office suite immediately." the lawmakers wrote in response. "Should Coke chose to read the bill, share its true intentions and accept their role in the dissemination of mistruths, we would welcome a conversation to rebuild a working relationship".

"We want to be crystal clear and state unambiguously that we are disappointed in the outcome of the Georgia voting legislation".

Republicans have also faced backlash over the law from several corporations, including Coca-Cola, and prominently the Major League Baseball Association, which pulled its All-Star Game out of the state because of the new law. "Throughout Georgia's legislative session, we provided feedback to members of both legislative chambers and political parties, opposing measures in the bills that would diminish or deter access to voting", he said.

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