The Entertainment Software Association has announced that it will suspend its Political Advisory Committee’s contributions after an attempted coup by far-right insurgents in the US Capitol.
“In view of the events and actions that led to the violence in the US Capitol, we suspend the contributions of the ESA PAC while we reflect on the tragedy and our way forward,” ESA said in a statement to Gamesindustry.biz.
During the 2020 US election cycle, EA PAC donated $ 48,300 to federal candidates. Gamesindustry.biz notes that among them were five representatives who, after the violent attack on the Capitol, voted to overturn the election results, citing unfounded allegations of fraud. Those representatives are Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif), Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-Ga), Jay Obernolte (R-Calif), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind) and Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) each received between $ 500 and $ 2,500 from ESA PAC.
ESA has been a political organization since its inception (as the Interactive Digital Software Association) in response to the 1994 Video Game Rating Bill proposed by Congressman Joe Lieberman, which would have created a government video game rating committee if the publishers hadn’t worked together the ESRB instead.
In the years since then, ESA has supported anti-piracy legislation, filing millions of copyright notices and defending loot boxes against the proposed regulation on multiple occasions.
In several previous elections, the ESA-PAC has contributed more to Republicans than to Democrats. The 2020 election cycle marked a turn in the other direction: 56.52% of its contributions went to democratic candidates.