Huge Donors Are Pulling GOP Funding After Deadly Pro-Trump Riot
Hallmark Cards is requesting its campaign contributions back from Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Roger Marshall (R-KS), who both objected certifying Joe Biden’s win.
Several major corporations are suspending political donations, including those to several Republican lawmakers who objected to certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win, in the wake of last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Last week, 147 Republican members of Congress voted to object certifying Biden’s electoral votes, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) — as Congress moves to impeach President Donald Trump, who pushed baseless conspiracies about election fraud for months — for “incitement of insurrection.”
The certification of Biden’s win resumed late Wednesday after Congress went into lockdown and evacuated as a mob of President Trump's supporters violently attacked the Capitol building, leaving five people including a Capitol police officer dead. Congress eventually certified Biden’s win.
Since the attack, corporations have reassessed their political funding plans, and several major donors have decided to withhold money to members of Congress who objected to Biden’s win. Corporations including Amazon, Morgan Stanley, Marriott Hotels, chemical giant Dow, AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Airbnb have all paused PAC contributions to members of Congress who sought to overturn the election results, according to multiple outlets.
On Monday, the Kansas City Star reported that Hallmark Cards requested that Sen. Hawley and Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) return campaign contributions that the greeting card company’s employees contributed via a PAC. Hawley, along with Cruz, has led efforts to object certifying Biden’s win; he was pictured outside of the Capitol Building greeting Trump’s mob on January 6 just moments before the attack. Marshall also voted to object to certifying Biden’s win. Hawley received about $7,000 from Hallmark employees, and Marshall received about $5,000, according to The Star.
“Hallmark believes the peaceful transition of power is part of the bedrock of our democratic system, and we abhor violence of any kind,” Hallmark spokeswoman JiaoJiao Shen said in a statement. “The recent actions of Senators Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall do not reflect our company’s values.”
Tech giants including Facebook, Microsoft, and Google are pausing political contributions altogether in the wake of the violent Capitol attack, according to Axios. Coca-Cola Company, JP Morgan Chase, Citi, and Goldman Sachs have all reportedly decided to pause contributions as well.
The fallout after the Capitol riot has been swift, including Twitter permanently suspending President Trump’s personal account, and Facebook removing his account “indefinitely” and at least until after Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Amazon, Google, and Apple removed conservative social networking site Parler from their platform or app stores. In another blow, the Professional Golfers' Association of America announced Sunday it would no longer host the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump’s Bedminster, NJ golf course.