FACT CHECK: Did Home Depot Donate $1.75 Million To Herschel Walker?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook purports home-improvement retail company Home Depot donated $1.75 million to Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence the company has donated such an amount to any candidate. A Home Depot spokesperson denied the authenticity of the claim in an email to Check Your Fact.

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Walker is accused of paying for an abortion in 2009 despite claiming to be “pro-life” during his Georgia Senate campaign, according to the Daily Beast. A second woman claimed the former NFL star of urging her to get an abortion in 2011, The New York Times reported.

The Facebook post claims Home Depot donated a large sum of money to Walker’s campaign. “HOME DEPOT DONATED $1.75 MILLION TO HERSCHEL WALKER, F*** THAT STORE. SHOP AT LOWE’S,” the post’s caption reads.

The claim is false. A search of the Federal Election Commission’s database shows no such donations have been given through The Home Depot Inc. Political Action Committee. The largest donation from the organization was a $45,000 donation to the National Republican Congressional Committee in February 2022.

Open Secrets.org, a non-partisan, money-in-politics watchdog, shows the organization’s employees gave $15,000 in donations to Democratic Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock.

There are no credible news reports or claims on Walker or Home Depot’s verified social media pages or their respective websites. (RELATED: Did The Washington Post Publish An Article Calling For Joe Biden To Cancel The Midterms?)

The company responded to the purported claim it had donated to Walker’s campaign after the allegation also circulated on Twitter. “The company has not contributed to this campaign,” Home Depot wrote in a statement posted from its verified account.

“The Home Depot’s PAC hasn’t donated to Herschel Walker’s or Raphael Warnock’s campaigns,” A Home Depot spokesperson told Check Your Fact via email. “Our co-founder Bernie Marcus left Home Depot more than 20 years ago, and his views do not represent the company.”

This is not the first time a false claim about the 2022 midterm elections has circulated online. Check Your Fact previously debunked a Facebook post which purported the Emergency Alert System would be on standby if fraud occurred during the 2022 midterms.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter

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