Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is vowing that he no longer will accept campaign contributions from corporate political action committees and urges colleagues to do the same.
Corporations have consistently attacked conservative values while expecting Republicans to grant them political favors, Cruz wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Wednesday evening. The Texas Republican said “woke CEOs” like Republicans until any sign of controversy is sparked online, causing them to run away.
“For too long, Republicans have allowed the left and their big-business allies to attack our values with no response,” Cruz wrote in the op-ed. “We’ve allowed them to ship jobs overseas, attack gun rights, and destroy our energy companies. We’ve let them smear Republicans without paying any price.”
“To them I say: When the time comes that you need help with a tax break or a regulatory change, I hope the Democrats take your calls, because we may not. Starting today, we won’t take your money either,” Cruz wrote.
Since taking office in 2013, Cruz has accepted $2.6 million from corporate PACs, he said.
Last week, a group of seven House Republicans pledged to stop accepting contributions from Big Tech companies, including Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, and Twitter, which they said censor conservative voices online.
“This is going to be a litmus test for conservatives,” a Republican campaign official told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
In March, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., became the highest-profile Republican to endorse the effort to unionize an Amazon warehouse in Alabama. Rubio argued that Amazon and the wider business community shouldn’t expect Republican support when they routinely attack conservatives in the culture war.
“For decades, companies like Amazon have been allies of the left in the culture war, but when their bottom line is threatened they turn to conservatives to save them,” Rubio wrote in USA Today. “But the days of conservatives being taken for granted by the business community are over.”
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