Many U.S. companies have announced that they are suspending donations to Republican members of Congress who, on Jan.6, opposed certification of electoral college votes cast for President-elect Joe Biden.
At a joint session of Congress last Wednesday, a total of 147 Republicans voted against certification of electoral votes in two states, Arizona and Pennsylvania.
The same day saw a massive pro-Trump rally, after which some people violently raped the U.S. Capitol, prompting some companies to issue statements of condemnation.
American Express CEO Stephen Squeri released a statement Jan. 6: “Like many of you, I have watched with deep sadness, anger and disgust the violence and lawlessness that took place earlier. during the day at the US Capitol. These actions were dangerous and un-American.
In a follow-up statement on Jan. 11, Squeri said that the American Express Political Action Committee, which had previously made contributions to 22 of the 139 House members who voted in favor of the objections, would no longer support the Republican members of Congress who voted against certifying Biden’s victory.
“Attempts last week by some members of Congress to reverse the presidential election results and disrupt the peaceful transition of power do not align with the values of the American Express Blue Box; therefore, the AXP PAC will not support them, ”he wrote.
“Airbnb strongly condemns last week’s attack on the United States Capitol and efforts to undermine our democratic process,” the company said in a statement. “The Airbnb PAC will update its framework and refuse the support of those who voted against the certification of the presidential election results.”
AT&T published a Monday statement, saying: “Employees of our Federal PAC Council today called an appeal and decided to suspend contributions to members of Congress who voted to oppose the certification of Electoral College votes last week.”
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association released a statement on January 8, in which it said: “In light of this week’s violent and shocking assault on the United States Capitol and the votes of some members of Congress for Reversing the November election results by challenging the College Results election, the BCSBA will suspend contributions to lawmakers who voted to undermine our democracy.
On January 7, Congress certified the constituency vote for Biden in an election overshadowed by allegations of irregularities and fraud, which were flatly rejected by state election officials, and others.
A number of Republican lawmakers opposed the election votes, arguing that allegations of election-related irregularities had not been sufficiently addressed. Ahead of the joint session of Congress, a dozen Republican senators called on Congress to appoint an election commission to conduct a 10-day emergency audit of election results.
Republican lawmakers succeeded in raising objections to the Arizona and Pennsylvania electoral tally, forcing both houses of Congress to retreat to their respective chambers in order to debate the reasons for opposing the votes.
Both houses ultimately voted to reject the challenge for both states, with the final tally showing Biden garnering 306 electoral votes while President Donald Trump won 232.
Biden’s inauguration is slated for Jan.20, with police saying there will be no public access to the U.S. Capitol grounds for the event and that there are comprehensive plans in place to prevent the type of violence that took place last Wednesday.