During a historic joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021, 147 Republicans voted against the certification of the electoral college votes.
During the session, a violent mob of Trump supporters breached security at the U.S. Capitol and attempted a coup to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election. Since then, corporate America has grown weary of lending support to Republicans who backed President Trump’s claims of election fraud. These are the companies that have unequivocally halted monetary support to pro-Trump legislators.
Airbnb: In a statement issued after the storming of the U.S. Capitol, home rental company Airbnb announced that it would withhold its PAC donations to lawmakers who contested the certification of the electoral results.
Amazon: A spokesperson for Amazon (AMZN) notified the press that the company would withhold donations to congress members who voted against certifying the election results. Objectors, the company claimed, undermined a legitimate democratic process. Before the events on January 6th, the corporate giant took a bipartisan position and supported congressional candidates that were friendly to American business interests.
American Express: American Express (AXP) has disavowed all 147 Republicans who challenged the American election saying that such action did not align with the company’s values.
AT&T: AT&T (T), which also owns CNN’s parent company WarnerMedia, announced that it would suspend all corporate donations to members of Congress who voted to object.
Comcast: Comcast joined the growing list of corporates that halted funding to Republicans who objected to the certification of the electoral college votes. The company also claimed that it would review its policies about political contributions and emphasized its commitment to focus on the good of the entire nation.
Commerce Bank: Commerce Bank, which donated $49,750 to Republicans during the 2020 election cycle said it would be halting its corporate donations to elected officials who “impeded the peaceful transfer of power.” It also condemned the violence of the attack on the U.S. Capitol calling it “abhorrent, anti-democratic, and entirely contrary to supporting goodwill for Americans and businesses.”