Many Major United States Corporations Have Suspended Donations to Republican Lawmakers Who Supported Lie-Based Objections to Electoral College Vote and Democratic Process
In light of the shocking U.S. Capitol attacks, three important corporations have announced that they are suspending donations to any and all Republican lawmakers who have been involved in the challenge of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
The three most noteworthy corporations involved include Hotel giant Marriott International, the enormous health insurance network Blue Cross Blue Shield and bank holding company Commerce Bancshares.
These three corporations all told Popular Information, which is a political newsletter run by ThinkProgress founder and editor Judd Legum, that they fully intend to stop contributing to ANY member of Congress who objected to the Electoral College’s vote certification.
Popular Information surveyed 144 corporations that had donated – through their super PACs – to any number of the eight senators who were involved in the opposition of the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Besides the promises from those three major corporations, other businesses, including Bank of America, Ford Motor Co. and AT&T all say they will be taking recent events into consideration before they make any future contributions. CVS Health Corp., Exxon Mobil, FexEx and Target have also said they are reviewing their political donations.
The campaign of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) $1,000 from Marriott’s PAC during the 2020 cycle and it gave another $1,000 to Hawley’s leadership PAC, according to Popular Information and Forbes it said it will not be making any more contributions to those who objected to the certifications. They did not specify if this includes the 139 House members who also challenged the certification.
BLUEPAC, which is Blue Cross Blue Shield’s PAC, contributed almost $12,000 in total to Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Hawley in the 2020 cycle. But it has since told Popular Information it is cutting of contributions to all 147 Republicans who voted “to subvert the results of November’s election by challenging Electoral College results.”
Marshall received $2,500 from Commerce Bancshares over the 2020 cycle, but Popular Information has been informed that it “suspended all support for officials who have impeded the peaceful transfer of power.”
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said in a statement to Popular Information: “We continuously evaluate our political contributions to ensure that those we support share our values and goals. In light of this week’s violent, shocking assault on the United States Capitol, and the votes of some members of Congress to subvert the results of November’s election by challenging Electoral College results, BCBSA will suspend contributions to those lawmakers who voted to undermine our democracy.”
Marriott spokesperson Julie Rollend said in a statement to Forbes: “We have taken the destructive events at the Capitol to undermine a legitimate and fair election into consideration and will be pausing political giving from our Political Action Committee to those who voted against certification of the election.”
Criticism was mounting against members of the GOP who chose to vote against Biden’s win particularly after a mob of enraged Trump supporter, alleging claims of voter fraud, stormed the U.S. Capitol in an effort to overturn the election results.
Hawley’s former mentor has cut ties with him, he’s been dropped from a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster and two of the largest newspapers in Missouri have asked for his resignation. Other senators are facing similar recourse.
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