McConnell: Corporate America is ‘stupid’ in punishing Georgia for new voting law

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is going after big business in America for their responses to Georgia‘s new Republican-led voting law, which Democratic critics have called too restrictive. The Kentucky Republican offered this criticism Tuesday:

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“’Take a stand on a highly inflammatory issue like this and punish a community or state because they don’t like a particular law that was passed. I think it‘s stupid. ‘ ”

McConnell argued Tuesday that corporations are not equipped to tackle political problems.

“I have a warning, so to speak, to American companies,” he said. “It is to stay out of politics. It’s not what you were designed for. And don’t be intimidated by the left into taking up causes that put you in the middle of one of America’s biggest political debates. ”But the veteran lawmaker said he still supports Corporate America spending on politician campaigns. “I’m not talking about political contributions,” he said. “Most of them contribute to both sides. They have political action committees. It’s okay. It’s legal. It’s appropriate.” Related: America’s Top CEOs Opened Their Wallets for Mitch McConnell’s Re-election Campaign McConnell’s Criticism Comes After Delta Air Lines DAL, + 2.56% and Coca-Cola Co. KO, + 1.43% on the Week Last year they called their home state’s new law “unacceptable” – and when Major League Baseball pulled its 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta. The Republican senator also warned Tuesday that Republicans “buy stocks, travel on planes and drink Coca-Cola,” adding that the companies “got it wrong” in Georgia’s law. He is doubling down after hitting Corporate America on Monday on similarly strong terms. McConnell’s comments on Monday included these lines: “Our private sector must stop receiving signals from the Outrage Industrial Complex. Americans do not need or want big business to amplify disinformation or react to every fabricated controversy with frenzied signals from the left. From electoral law to environmentalism to radical social agendas and the Second Amendment, parts of the private sector continue to dabble in behaving like an awakened parallel government. “The GOP’s relationship with big business has been permanently damaged, he said. Brian Gardner, Washington‘s chief policy strategist at Stifel, in a note Tuesday. “As Republicans increasingly view big business with suspicion, the business community will have a harder time finding allies in Washington,” Gardner said. “Democrats are unlikely to fill the void created by Republican change as progressives push that party further to the left, so some corporations may find themselves unable to push their political agenda.”