For the reelection campaign of a Tennessee state lawmaker many corporate giants like Amazon, Walmart have donated money which is used for amplifying and promoting QAnon conspiracy on social media—stated by Associated Press(AP) review of candidate’s posts and campaign finance records.
The QAnon conspiracy theory has penetrated mainstream politics. Many candidates during this election who have run for federal or state offices have been supporting the theory. But individually they have failed to gain funds to run the campaign as intended. Collectively they have managed to raise millions from thousands of donors. Now the theory has taken heights from its origin on the internet.
Susan Lynn, a state representative who chairs the Tennessee House finance committee, is one of the few administrators who can pull corporate PAC funds.
She has repeatedly posted QAnon slogans on her Facebook and Twitter accounts. Still, she is in denial that she does not support the QAnon conspiracy theory in an interview with AP on Friday.
Even Amazon in a statement said that it had made a donation last year to Lynn and have no plans to do so this year. Walmart chose not to comment on the topic.
Another donor to Lynn’s campaign, Brown-Forman that has a facility in Tennessee said that they have no clue about the QAnon posts that Lynn has posted and would not have donated to the campaign.
How corporate PAC decides to support candidates?
Usually, the selection depends on pragmatic policy, narrow issues other than more comprehensive political matters said Anthony Corrado, campaign finance expert.
Many corporates have introduced policies to supervise their PAC contributions as it involves reputation risks. This donation has no accountability to how it is going to be used, which made the corporations to imply new policies.
According to Media Matters for America – almost 81 candidates have supported the QAnon conspiracy and out of which 24 have qualified for the general election ballot in November.
As of September 18, the candidates have collectively raised approximately $5 million in contributions for the election cycle, while only 8 have raised about $100,000 individually, as stated by AP.