scorecardAmazon, Coca-Cola, Walmart, and 10 other companies have together donated $15.2 million in the last 6 years to political committees that oppose abortion, analysis finds
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Amazon, Coca-Cola, Walmart, and 10 other companies have together donated $15.2 million in the last 6 years to political committees that oppose abortion, analysis finds

Kate Duffy   

Amazon, Coca-Cola, Walmart, and 10 other companies have together donated $15.2 million in the last 6 years to political committees that oppose abortion, analysis finds
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A leaked US Supreme Court ruling suggests Roe v Wade will be overturned.    Alex Wong/Getty Images
  • 13 big companies have together donated $15.2 million to political groups that oppose abortion since 2016, an analysis found.
  • The companies include Amazon, Walmart, Coca-Cola, Walgreens, Wells Fargo, and General Motors, per Popular Information.

Thirteen American corporations including Amazon, Walmart, Google, and Coca-Cola have together donated $15.2 million to political committees that oppose abortion, according to an analysis by Popular Information.

The 13 companies donated to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Republican State Leadership Committee, and the Republican Governors Association, all of which oppose abortion, Popular Information said.

A leaked draft Supreme Court opinion published by Politico on Monday suggests judges are poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, a ruling that guarantees the right to an abortion. If overturned, abortion would become illegal in many US states.

A rising number of employers are adding access to abortion to their health benefits programs. But some, including Amazon, have also donated in recent years to political committees with an anti-abortion stance, Popular Information's analysis showed.

The NRSC, RSLC, and RGA didn't immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.

Since 2016, Amazon has donated $974,718 to political committees that oppose abortion, including $789,718 to the RGA, $110,000 to the RSLC, and $75,000 to the NRSC, Popular Information's analysis showed.

Amazon said Monday it would cover up to $4,000 per year in travel costs for staff for non-life threatening medical treatments, including elective abortion.

Since 2016, Coca-Cola has donated $2,624,000 to political groups which are opposed to abortion, including $2,325,000 to the RGA, $194,000 to the RSLC, and $105,000 to the NRSC, Popular Information's analysis showed.

Google has donated $525,702 to anti-abortion political groups since 2016, including $225,702 to the RGA, $195,000 to the RSLC, and $105,000 to the NRSC, the analysis showed.

Other companies said to have donated to the three groups since 2016 include Walmart, which gave $1,140,000 in total; AT&T, which donated $1,472,827 altogether; Verizon, which gave $901,150; and CVS, which donated $1,380,000. There was also $2,405,900 from General Motors; $1,869,604 from Comcast; $496,700 from Walgreens; $471,800 from Wells Fargo; and $343,400 from T-Mobile, the analysis found.

Citigroup donated $685,000 to the groups, Popular Information said. Citi said in a proxy filing in March that it would cover travel costs of US-based employees who have to go outside their home state to get an abortion. The company declined to comment to Insider about the matter.

None of the other companies named in this article responded immediately to Insider's request for comment.

The NRSC recently criticized the Democrats for being "outside the mainstream of where the American people are" on abortion, saying in a three-page memo on Tuesday that "abortion should be avoided as much as possible." The RSLC has elected politicians opposed to abortion to state legislatures, and the RGA has elected governors who oppose abortion, per Popular Information.

Popular Information was founded and is written by Jedd Legum, a former research director for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. Legum describes himself as a progressive.

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