Despite pledging to suspend contributions to members of Congress who objected to the certification of Joe Biden’s victory, Walgreens made donations to 11 members of the Sedition Caucus in November 2021, according to disclosures reviewed by CREW. The pledge-breaking donations total more than $25,000.
The biggest recipients of Walgreens donations were House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise, at $5,000 each.
Other recipients included Reps. Greg Steube, Markwayne Mullin, Tom Rice, Ron Estes, Neal Dunn, Buddy Carter, Richard Hudson, Jackie Walorski and the leadership PAC of Rep. Elise Stefanik. In December, Walgreens gave Rep. Diana Harshbarger $1,000. Rice apologized for his vote in December, but after Walgreens had already made the contribution.
In the days after the insurrection, Walgreens announced, “Walgreens holds in high regard the role of government and the peaceful transition of power that is core to our democracy. As such, our political action committee suspended contributions to members of Congress who voted to object [to] the certification of U.S. electoral college votes.” Apparently that high regard for a peaceful transition of power did not last an entire year.