- Besides holding back on funding certain elected officials, Microsoft will change the name of its political action committee and create a group to promote campaign finance reform.
- The changes come after Microsoft employees protested contributions to members of Congress who voted against the Electoral College confirmation.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess (not pictured) attend a session during their visit to Volkswagen Digital Lab in Berlin on Feb. 27, 2019.Abdulhamid Hosbas | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images
Microsoft on Friday said its political action committee won't contribute to upcoming campaigns for members of U.S. Congress who voted against confirming the Electoral College results of the 2020 presidential election. It will also change the name of its committee for backing political campaigns after employees spoke out against some contributions.
The adjustments demonstrate how large technology companies are sometimes willing to change their practices following criticism from their own workers.
The Microsoft Political Action Committee, known as MSPAC, will become the Microsoft Corporation Stakeholders Voluntary PAC, or MSVPAC. Fred Humphries, corporate vice president of U.S. government affairs, explained the change an email posted to a Microsoft blog.
The changes come after Microsoft employee Carmen Crincoli published a plea for the company to stop giving money to politicians who voted against the Electoral College results. Those votes came after thousands of angry citizens stormed the U.S. Capitol after then-President Donald Trump gave a speech in which he blamed his election loss on widespread fraud. Attorney General William Barr said in December that the Justice Department had not seen enough fraud that it could have caused a different outcome in the presidential election.