The retaliation movement from companies that have announced the suspension of their funding through their political action committees is growing, and those that are added to it are not the least.
On Monday, BestBuy, American Express, Mastercard, AT&T, Verizon, Airbnb and Dow Chemical added their names to the ever-growing list of companies cutting funds to Republican elected officials who challenged the election of President-designate Joe Biden in the vote that was held in Congress on Wednesday and which confirmed his election once and for all.
The plenary session of both houses of Congress had been adjourned for several hours due to the assault on the Capitol by supporters of President Trump, which aimed to prevent the validation of the results.
These sad events also motivated the companies in question to make their decision.
The day before, Marriott International, The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Commerce Bancshares had started the ball rolling.
In an unequivocal statement, the BCBSA accused the Republican elected officials having opposed the validation of a legitimate election of
weaken the American political system and
erode public trust to its place.
In light of the violent and shocking assault of [la semaine dernière] on the United States Capitol, and the vote of some members of Congress to subvert the results of the November election by contesting the results of the Electoral College, the BCBSA will suspend contributions to those elected officials who voted to undermine our democracy.
Greeting card giant Hallmark even said it asked Senators Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall to reimburse him for his contributions.
Less categorical, other companies, such as Ford, Bank of America or Bayer, indicated that the actions of the elected officials in question would be taken into consideration in their future decisions on political financing, according to the Popular Information site, which contacted the companies. and regularly updates its list.
Others, such as ExxonMobil, FedEx, Target or Walmart told reporters on the site that they were reviewing their policies or had not yet made a decision. About a hundred did not respond to their requests.
Some companies, including Ford Motor and Microsoft, have preferred to suspend donations to all candidates, regardless of their vote on Wednesday.
A hundred republicans targeted
Eight out of 51 senators opposed the validation of victory in one or more key states, namely Arizona and Pennsylvania. The sling was led by Ted Cruz (Texas) and John Hawley (Missouri), two potential candidates for the US presidency in 2024.
In the House of Representatives, a majority of elected Republicans – 139 – have followed suit, including House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and staunch supporters of the President like Jim Jordan.
Several commentators saw the Republican ploy more as an electoral maneuver intended to rally supporters of the president in the next election cycles.
In addition, Democrats on Monday launched their efforts to oust Donald Trump from power by tabling two resolutions: one asking Vice-President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment, the other containing an indictment that could lead to a possible dismissal of the president.