Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country.

This is your democracy.
Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.

Thurgood Marshall

What is The Democracy Pledge?

The Democracy Pledge is a simple commitment that corporations, companies and businesses can make to support democracy by affirming the legitimacy of the 2020 Presidential election.

It’s a promise not to aid those who seek to tear down democracy for political gain.

How do companies make the Democracy Pledge?

To take The Democracy Pledge, all a company needs to do is agree to the following:

  1. We affirm that the election of Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris was free, fair and legitimate.
  2. We believe in valuing, affirming and supporting democracy, and are committed to doing so.
  3. We recognize that the bedrock of any democracy is the people’s right to choose their elected leaders.
    We will not support or endorse any legislation which makes it more difficult for people to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
  4. We will not support, donate to or endorse politicians, political campaigns or political action committees that promoted false conspiracy theories surrounding the 2020 presidential elections (or otherwise acted in ways contrary to a representative democracy).

Please note: The Democracy Pledge is not a Citizen's Pledge.
It is for companies and corporations only.

How did the Democracy Pledge start?

In the wake of the attack on the Capitol, a number of American companies declared that they would cease donations to politicians who sought to undermine / delegitimize the 2020 election results.

The Democracy Pledge is a way to formalize the commitment to only support those who will protect our democracy.

What's the point?

Responsible civic ethics are increasingly important to brand identity. It's critical for businesses to support and promote the civic values that are important to their customers.

The 2020 presidential election was free and fair, and produced accurate, reliable results. Those who sought to undermine or otherwise refused to acknowledge these results, share responsibility for the civil unrest after the election, culminating in violence at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Here at The Democracy Pledge, we believe that civically responsible American companies will want to be on the pro-democracy side of this issue by affirming a commitment to protect, promote and preserve our democratic norms that are increasingly under attack.

Why now?

This is NOT about Democrats vs Republicans. It's simply about acting to protect democracy for everyone.

The Democracy Pledge will maintain a publicly accessible list of all companies that have made the pledge.

Consumers and investors will be able to consult this list to ensure that they give their business to companies that have committed to the value of American democracy.

Glenn Kirschner

Co-founder of The Democracy Pledge

Glenn is a former federal prosecutor with 30 years of trial experience. He served on active duty with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia where he served for 24 years, rising to the position of Chief of the Homicide Section. Glenn currently works as an NBC News / MSNBC on-air legal analyst and teaches criminal justice at George Washington University.

He has a YouTube channel and a podcast, “Justice Matters with Glenn Kirschner," as well as an active group on Patreon.

Stay informed

By adding your name to the list, not only can we keep you informed about which companies have taken the pledge but we can count you among those interested in making informed consumer decisions. The more people who express an interest in supporting only democracy-compliant businesses, the more power we collectively have to protect our democracy.