Celebrities to sign included George Clooney, Queen Latifah, Demi Lovato, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shonda Rhimes and Dwyane Wade. A number of prominent Black business executives also signed the statement; Chenault and Frazier had a coalition of prominent law firms calling on corporate America to come out against voter restrictions two weeks before. The move came after the Georgia Republican governor, Brian Kemp, signed a sprawling election bill which opponents say hurts black voters disproportionately. The Georgia-based companies Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines, which after it passed as Georgia law, declined to sign the Wednesday statement, the Times reported.
Peach State, another company based in the Home Depot, reportedly also declined to sign on. After the backlash of the corporation against the new election law, the lawmakers in Delta threatened to rescind a tax break for Georgia. The former president Donald Trump earlier in April called for a boycott of companies that oppose voter restrictions, including Delta, Coca-Cola and Major League Baseball, which pulled the All-Star Game this summer out of the Atlanta area in response to the voting legislation. Mitch McConnell, the senator from Colorado, said last week that corporations should not be involved in politics. Companies and business leaders are wading into the debate about voting rights as states and local governments consider election legislation at the state and local level. As of March 24th, the Brennan Center for Justice had 361 bills introduced by nonpartisan policy institutes in 47 states across the country with restrictive provisions. The Senate is considering a sweeping reform bill, the For the People Act, that Democrats see as a way to fight Republican-backed voter restrictions in state legislative bodies. The United States Chamber of Commerce released a letter Tuesday opposing the For the People Act.