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American Crystal Sugar is one of the largest funders of election deniers

By: - October 5, 2022 2:08 pm

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Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar is one of the largest political funders of election deniers in Congress, according to a new report from the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

American Crystal Sugar, through its political action committee, has donated $530,000 to members of Congress who voted against certifying the 2020 election results on the night of Jan. 6, 2021, the day insurrectionists stormed the Capitol in an effort to overturn the election. Only Koch Industries has given more to election deniers, according to CREW.

In Minnesota, that includes Rep. Michelle Fischbach. The late-Rep. Jim Hagedorn also did not vote to certify the election. Minnesota Republican U.S. Reps. Pete Stauber and Tom Emmer voted to certify the election.

American Crystal Sugar, for its part, never said it would stop donating through its political action committee to members of Congress who denied President Joe Biden’s victory. The company said it would continue donating to any member of Congress that could support its business interests.

In the wake of the assault on the Capitol, scores of corporations announced they would stop supporting lawmakers who didn’t vote to certify the election. Since then, more than two-thirds of those corporations have resumed funding the campaigns of election deniers.

In Minnesota, corporations that have reneged on pledges to stop supporting election deniers include Best Buy, 3M, U.S. Bank, Medtronic and UnitedHealth Group, according to CREW.

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Max Nesterak
Max Nesterak

Max Nesterak is the deputy editor of the Reformer and reports on labor and housing. Most recently he was an associate producer for Minnesota Public Radio after a stint at NPR. He also co-founded the Behavioral Scientist and was a Fulbright Scholar to Berlin, Germany.