10 BIG U.S. COMPANIES SCRUB DONATIONS TO TRUMP ALLIES
Ten US corporations slashed donations to candidates seeking federal office by more than 90% in January, after pledging to cut off giving to the Republicans who supported former President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn his election defeat, Jessie Lange reported for Reuters.
None of the political action committees of 10 major companies reviewed by Reuters, including Microsoft Corp, Walmart Inc, AT&T Inc and Comcast Corp, donated to any of the 147 congressional Republicans who voted to support Trump’s claims just hours after his supporters launched a deadly assault on the US Capitol.
Disclosures to the Federal Election Commission ahead of a Saturday (Sunday, February 21, 2021, in Manila) filing deadline showed the group of corporate PACs affiliated with those 10 companies made $13,000 in new donations to candidates in January.
The reports were the first by the PACs to detail contributions made since the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
The money donated during the month was less than one-tenth the roughly $190,000 the 10 company PACs gave candidates in January 2017, and tiny relative to the roughly $10 million donated to candidates during the 2019-2020 election season.
The 147 lawmakers who voted to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory had received more than $2 million from those 10 PACs during the last two-year political cycle.
Only committees tied to two of the companies - General Electric Co and American Express Co. - reported any new giving to federal candidates in January.
American Express’ PAC gave $5,000 to Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota, while GE’s gave $5,000 to Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a prominent Republican Trump critic, and $1,000 to Rep. Rick Larsen of Washington, a Democrat.