WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Dianne Lugo

Fallout from last week’s riot at the Capitol continues as companies announced an end to their funding of Donald Trump and other Republican politicians.

Numerous big businesses have decided to pull back from their normal contributions to political parties, specifically the GOP after the pro-Trump mob descended onto the Capitol and as some lawmakers remained firm in their objection to President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Marriott International Inc and chemicals giant Dow Chemical Co. were some of the first companies to make their announcement of the end to support for Republican lawmakers who attempted to overturn Trump’s election defeat.

One of the biggest political campaign contributors in the country, AT&T, stated that its political action committee had decided to pull all contributions to any member of Congress who voted against the certification of Electoral College votes.
Best Buy, Comcast, Verizon, MasterCard, American Express, and Airbnb said they would do the same.

For Senators Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall, Hallmark has requested they return the campaign contributions the company made.

“Hallmark believes the peaceful transition of power is part of the bedrock of our democratic system, and we abhor violence of any kind,” they said in a statement. “The recent actions of Senators Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall do not reflect our company’s values.”

For some companies, the riots have prompted a total reevaluation of their political donations.

American Airlines, BP, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Ford, Hilton, Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase are some of the companies that have suspended all political giving.
For Facebook, the pause will last until at least the remainder of 2021’s first quarter.

“These events will long be remembered and will factor into our future contribution decisions,” Coca-Cola said in an email.

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