GOP lawmakers faced mounting backlash on Monday from companies who said they would cut campaign contributions to those who voted last week to challenge election votes in contested states.
100% Fed Up – Ads from Amazon.com Inc, General Electric Co, Dow Inc, AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp, Verizon Communications Inc, American Express Co, Airbnb Inc, Cisco Systems Inc, Best Buy Co Inc and Mastercard Inc, among other things, threaten to strangle fundraising resources for Republicans.
AT&T and Comcast, for example, are among the largest corporate donors in Washington.
Greeting card giant Hallmark Company Ltd said it asked Senators Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall make contributions.
UPDATE: Dow (@DowNewsroom).
It’s not a break. The company will never donate to these Republicans ever again.https: //t.co/r4Z4TjJUCe pic.twitter.com/LqUaadFyiQ
– Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 11, 2021
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It is not known whether their decisions will have a lasting impact. Fundraising activity is currently in a post-election lull in Washington, giving businesses and trade groups some time to understand their approach.
Few companies have gone as far as Dow Inc, which has said it will refuse donations for the entire term of Republican lawmakers – up to six years for those in the Senate. Others have said they will temporarily withhold donations or suspend donations to Republicans and Democrats.
Was told Comcast execs held a private meeting today and actually considered pausing all political contributions but in the end went with what was politically correct instead https://t.co/rNGSZbAWQv
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 12, 2021
GE’s suspension will last until the end of 2022, and then the employee council that oversees its political action committee will consider requests for support for lawmakers who have opposed “case-by-case” certification.
Amazon said it would discuss the concerns “directly with members that we have previously supported” before deciding to resume contributions.
A growing list of companies, including:
Copper giant Freeport-McMoRan Inc, Ford Motor Co, Microsoft Corp, American Airlines, Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook Inc, Goldman Sachs, BP Plc, Smithfield Foods Inc and Union Pacific Corp have said they will temporarily halt donations to Democrats and Republicans.
On Monday night, Northrop Grumman became the first major defense contractor to temporarily halt all donations.
“We are suspending the political action committee to give and assess the way forward,” a spokesperson said.
Business associations, which are among the biggest donors in Washington, are growing more slowly.
The National Association of Beer Wholesalers, the National Association of Automobile Dealers and the American Bankers Association have said they will reassess their contribution strategy. Other prominent donors, including the National Association of Home Builders and the National Association of Realtors, said “they haven’t made a decision yet,” according to Reuters.
Many companies are suspending political spending in light of an attempted coup.
Bigger problem: These bodies suspend contributions to members of Congress who voted to oppose the certification of electoral college votes:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
– Robert Reich (@RBReich) January 11, 2021
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