Twitter employees donated to Democrats online by a nearly-unanimous margin in 2021, according to new data from the Federal Elections Commission.
The data, reported by the New York Post, showed that fully 99% of the online political donations made by Twitter employees this year went to Democrats. Employees of the social media giant made 561 contributions, totaling $14,848.98, through the Democrat Party’s fundraising apparatus, ActBlue. Just eight donations were made through the Republican Party’s fundraising counterpart, WinRed.
Ned Segal, Twitter’s Chief Financial Officer, donated $5,800, the legal maximum donation an individual can give, to Democratic Pennsylvania Congressman Conor Lamb. Seksom Suriyapa also donated the legal maximum to Democrat California Representative Ro Khanna. Evan Stern, one of the company’s in-house attorneys, donated $2,900 to Democratic Arizona Senator Mark Kelly and Democratic Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock, both of whom are running for re-election to a full term in the U.S. Senate in the 2022 midterms. Stern also gave $2,900 to Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, who is running to replace retiring Republican Senator Pat Toomey in 2022.
“The one percent shocks. They have somebody who actually gave to the GOP. I’m stunned,” the Media Research Center’s Dan Gainor joked.
The largest donation of that one percent — just $250 — was given by former Twitter Vice President of Finance Rich Sullivan to Adam Kinzinger, the Republican congressman from Illinois who was one of 10 Republican Congresspeople to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump in January, and currently serves on the Committee investigating the events of January 6.
Kinzinger announced on October 30 that he would not be seeking re-election in 2022.
Gainor also pointed out that Twitter employees’ contributions to the Democrat Party go beyond financial. “Their day to day actions also contribute to that political party,” he said. “There was a time when you could give to one political party and still be fairhanded, but that time is long past.”
Twitter infamously censored a story broken by the New York Post in October of 2020, which revealed information from Hunter Biden’s personal laptop about how the son of President Joe Biden allegedly introduced his father to a Ukranian businessman, as well as a number of compromising pictures of the younger Biden. The Federal Elections Commission recently dismissed a complaint filed by the Republican National Committee alleging that Twitter’s suppression of the story was an “illegal in-kind contribution” to President Joe Biden’s campaign. The Daily Wire reported:
[T]he FEC dismissed the complaint, saying Twitter had “credibly explained” why it blocked the Post link, even though the social media outlet eventually reversed its decision and CEO Jack Dorsey called that decision a “mistake.”…
The FEC also dismissed complaints that Twitter censored conservatives on its platform:
The FEC also rejected allegations that Twitter also violates election laws by limiting the reach of conservative users without explanation and “shadow banning” them. The FEC also disagreed that the social media violated election laws by treating conservatives differently than liberals, such as suppressing anti-Biden content and labeling Trump’s tweets as misinformation but not doing the same for Democrats. The FEC insisted those claims were “vague, speculative and unsupported by the available information.”
News of the employees’ contributions comes as controversy arises over new Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, who posted several tweets in the past expressing biased sentiments against conservatives and white people, and said in an interview that Twitter is not supposed to be “bound by the First Amendment.”