Political donations to those Republican Congress members who raised objections to the Electoral College’s votes are being suspended by some of the biggest companies of the United States.
This decision, which is being taken by more companies by the day, follows the siege of the US Capitol last Wednesday by a pro-Trump mob. The latest companies that have joined the list include BlueCross BlueShield, Citigroup, Commerce Bank and Marriott.
In a joint session of Congress last Wednesday evening, 147 Republicans voted against certification of the electoral votes. Those included Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville, among hundreds other congress members.
“At the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, we continuously evaluate our political contributions to ensure that those we support share our values and goals,” said Kim Keck, BlueCross BlueShield’s president and CEO, in a statement.
“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.”
During the 2020 cycle, $246,750 was donated to Republican lawmakers by the BLUEPAC political action committee of the health insurance company which was supported only by employee contributions. That donation included $10,000 to Sen. Tuberville, $1,000 to Sen. Marshall and $500 to Sen. Hawley.
Donations to all 147 Republicans who challenged the Electoral College results will be stopped by it, BlueCross BlueShield said.
PAC contributions to officials it says “have impeded the peaceful transfer of power” will be halted by it too, Commerce Bank said. In the 2020 cycle, a total of $49,750 to Republicans was donated by the bank which included $2,500 donations to Sen. Marshall.
“Commerce Bank condemns violence in any form and believes the actions witnessed this week are abhorrent, anti-democratic and entirely contrary to supporting goodwill for Americans and businesses.”
PAC donations to lawmakers who opposed election results have also been stopped by Marriott.
“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,” the company said in a statement.
In the first quarter, all political giving from its PAC would be suspended by it, Citigroup said in an internal memo to employees on Friday. The company calls it the Citi PAC.
Candidates “who do not respect the rule of the law” were also denounced by the company,
Citigroup’s PAC had given $1,000 to Sen. Hawley in 2019
“We intend to pause our contributions during the quarter as the country goes through the Presidential transition and hopefully emerges from these events stronger and more united,” said Candi Wolff, managing director and head of global government affairs, in the memo.
(Adapted from CNN.com)