January 10, 2021 5:53 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. Three large US companies, including the well-known hotel chain Marriott, are suspending their donations to Republican lawmakers who this week tried to stop Joe Biden’s confirmation as the next president.
The three communicated their decision to the digital newsletter Public Information. The outlet contacted 144 companies that have donated to one of the 8 senators who opposed the appointment of Biden for alleged electoral fraud on the same day that those complaints, repeated without evidence by Donald Trump, led supporters of the outgoing president to storm the Capitol.
Marriott, health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Commerce Bancshares banking group they assured that they will suspend their donations to those republican politicians. According to information published this Sunday by Public Information.
A Marriott spokesperson told the outlet that the decision takes into account “the destructive events on Capitol Hill to undermine legitimate and fair elections ”.
Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO Kim Keck also responded to the outlet. He noted that his company is going to suspend any financial support to the 147 Republican legislators who voted to “subvert the results of the November elections by objecting to the results of the Electoral College.”
Other large companies said they will take recent events into account when deciding future donations. Among these are Bank of America, Ford or AT&T. Others, like CVS, Exxon Mobil and Target, said they were re-evaluating their policies.
Most of the companies consulted, however, preferred not to comment, with 127 of the 144 not answering the questions in the political bulletin. Among these are some like Comcast / NBCUniversal that donated tens of thousands of dollars in 2020 to legislators who objected to the election results.