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Toyota to halt donations to U.S. lawmakers who contested victory of President Biden

Saturday’s Asahi and Sankei wrote that Toyota Motor Corp. announced on Thursday that it will suspend donations to Republican lawmakers who refused to accept the result of last year’s presidential election. The move came after the U.S. civic group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released in late June the results of its survey of political donations to the 147 Republican lawmakers who rejected the election result. According to CREW, Toyota donated a total of $55,000 to 37 lawmakers, making it the top contributor. The automaker initially responded to CREW’s report by saying it did not believe it was appropriate to judge members of Congress based on their electoral certification votes alone. This comment provoked criticism, and Toyota changed its stance on Thursday. The paper speculated that the automaker gave consideration to the impact of the issue on its business in the United States.

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