Tinder owner stops political donations after supporting anti-abortion group | American News
Match Group, the company behind dating apps such as Tinder and Hinge, broke away from political lobbying after coming under fire for backing a Republican group that is working to undermine abortion rights.
The company’s chief executive, Bernard Kim, said the company stopped funding the Association of Republican Attorneys General after Popular information revealed that he had donated $137,000 to the group.
He said he was also ceasing donations to the Democratic equivalent, the Democratic Attorneys General Association.
“It is my responsibility to understand how these donations fit into our broader lobbying activity and to determine what we do going forward,” Kim said in an internal memo to company employees obtained by the New York Times Thursday.
Match Group has been a strong advocate for abortion rights, especially after the Supreme Court ruling in June. The company announced on Tuesday that it would add a “pro-choice” badge to users’ profile options. Match Group also supports Planned Parenthood and Bansoff.org through in-app promotions.
In September, when Texas passed a bill banning six-week abortions, the company announced it would provide reproductive care coverage, which covers travel and accommodation costs for full-time employees. full- and part-time contractors and their eligible dependents, as well as a companion, who need to travel out of state to receive abortion care.
After the U.S. Supreme Court ended nearly 50 years of federal abortion rights, many companies pledged to cover travel costs for employees who live in states where the procedure is now illegal so that they can terminate their pregnancy, including Amazon, Disney and Apple.