Zeroes for Zeroes

Today, the Zero for Zeros campaign released a second round of data highlighting the disparity of banks, investment firms and other financial services companies who receive a perfect 100 rating from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), but in turn fund elected officials in the House of Representatives and the Senate who lead opposition to LGBT equality.

“These financial titans are proud supporters of their LGBT employees and customers, but at the same time, they are donating to some of the most vociferous opponents of LGBT equality in Congress,” said Lane Hudson, Zero for Zeros’ campaign manager.

“LGBT rights are under attack from the President and Congress on a daily basis. Our allies, especially major corporations with recognizable brands, need to be with us 100% of the time not just during Pride Month.”

Zero for Zeros will be targeting the following companies in its second wave, some of which are the most recognizable brands in the financial services industry:

  • Wells Fargo
  • Morgan Stanley
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Capital One Financial Corp
  • Citigroup
  • Cigna Corp
  • PNC Financial Services
  • KPMG
    Ernst & Young
  • Deloitte
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
  • Compass Bank 

The Zero for Zeros campaign asks these banks and financial services allies to end their corporate PAC contributions to the politicians who work everyday against equality.

“There is no logical rationale for a company that supports the LGBT community to support politicians that work against it,” said Charles Meyers, Chairman of Signum Global Advisors.

Zero for Zeros found that 49 companies have contributed over $5.8 million from their corporate PACs to the worst of the worst members of Congress.

In the first round of data the campaign highlighted the following companies and ran digital ads and digital video aimed at their employees and customers.

  • Microsoft
  • Facebook
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile
  • Google
  • Intel
  • Amazon
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cisco Systems
  • Dell Inc
  • Oracle
  • Sap America
  • American Airlines