Facing scrutiny for donations to the Republican Attorneys General Association, whose members supported the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Match Group says it will suspend further contributions to the association as well as the Democratic Attorneys General Association.
Match Group, a Texas-based company that operates dating sites like Tinder and Hinge, has been among the most vocal companies in responding to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson, which ended nearly 50 years of federal abortion rights. The company said it would cover abortion-related travel for its employees, and its former chief executive Shar Dubey announced a fund in September supporting abortion access in partnership with Planned Parenthood Los Angeles.
But Match Group was also among the companies that recently came under fire for previous support of the Republican Attorneys General Association. Match Group donated more than $100,000 to the association last year, along with more than $100,000 to the Democratic Attorneys General Association. Companies often give equally to both the Republican and Democratic groups.
Bernard Kim, the company’s chief executive, said he would suspend donations to both groups.
“I learned about the donations to RAGA the same way most of you did, when I saw it in the media,” Mr. Kim wrote in a recent memo to staff. “It’s my responsibility to understand how these donations fit into our larger lobbying activity, and determine what we will do moving forward.”
The company also promised to fight legal requests or subpoenas for any employee or user data related to abortion. This commitment comes as many companies, especially digital payment ones, face questions over what steps they will take to protect users when prosecutors seek transaction data during abortion investigations.