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Citigroup, JPMorgan, Mariott, and more are cutting donations to Republicans and Democrats after the deadly US Capitol riot
Big companies are cutting their ties to political parties after what happened at the US Capitol last week. It was reported that five companies, including Citigroup, Marriott, JP Morgan, Commerce Bank, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, are withdrawing donations for both Republicans and Democrats.
Companies suspend political donations
While this is not a permanent decision, the corporations are halting any contributions in at least six months from today. The companies are suspending their donations through their corporate Political Action Committees or PAC.
It was specially mentioned that the companies are suspending donations to Republican lawmakers who want to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s win, as per CNN. In total, 147 Republicans were listed to have voted against the certification of the Electoral College votes last week. Some of the names who want to block the president-elect’s certification include senators Ted Cruz, Roger Marshall, and Josh Hawley.
Appalled by the violent incident at the US Capitol last Wednesday, Citigroup announced its intention to pause PAC donations to all politicians in this first quarter of the year. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association also released a statement regarding the suspension of contributions to those who voted against welcoming the results of the Electoral College votes.
"At the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, we continuously evaluate our political contributions to ensure that those we support share our values and goals," Kim Keck, BCBSA president, and CEO, said via press release. "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."
The health insurance group’s BLUEPAC was said to have donated a total of $246,750 to Republican lawmakers last year. Some of the Republicans who received help from them are Sen. Tuberville ($10,000), Sen. Marshall ($1,000), and Sen. Hawley ($500).
Marriott hotel condemned the riot at the Capitol and announced its move to stop financially supporting the elected officials who backed Donald Trump’s voter fraud claims. JP Morgan and Commerce Bank are also doing the same because the siege at Capitol did not only impede the peaceful transfer of power, but it also caused deaths.
Response from other major corporations
As the news of corporate PAC’s halting of contributions, Forbes reported that more companies are following suit. It mentioned the Bank of America, AT&T, Ford Motor Co. are also looking into the recent events to decide if they will still be donating in the future.
On the other hand, Exxon Mobil, CVS Health Corp., Target, and FedEx are said to be reviewing their guidelines in making political donations. PAC usually pools voluntary donations from employees, and they can give up to $5,000 to certain candidates per election. They can also contribute $15,000 a year to any national party they would like to support.