Marriott, Other Companies Vow to Suspend Donations to Politicians Who Voted Against Biden Certification
Is it worth alienating a big part of your base?
Marriott, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Commerce Bank, and other companies vowed to cut off money to the politicians who voted against President-elect Joe Biden’s certification after the riots at Capitol Hill.
From The Washington Post:
Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain, said last week’s chaos at the Capitol caused the company to halt campaign donations to lawmakers who voted against certifying the electoral college results of President-elect Joe Biden’s win — a fresh sign of corporate America’s uneasiness with the violent attacks inspired by President Trump’s words.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said it would do the same. The provider of health insurance to more than 100 million people said in a statement that its political action committee was suspending contributions “to those lawmakers who voted to undermine our democracy.”
Commerce Bank also said in a statement that its PAC has “suspended all support for officials who have impeded the peaceful transfer of power.” It has bank branches in five states, mostly in the Midwest.
The rabid group Lincoln Project plans to attack all companies who donated to the 138 Republican representatives and eight Republican senators who voted against Biden:
The project will launch both broadcast and cable advertising aimed at these companies and their senior leaders. The Lincoln Project will also target advertising for these corporation’s workers, hoping to “destabilize the companies’ operations by fomenting employee rebellions,” said Steve Schmidt, co-founder of the Lincoln Project.
Schmidt declined to comment on the companies the Lincoln Project plans to campaign against but pointed out that AT&T, BlackRock and Charles Schwab are among the corporate entities that donate to Republican lawmakers.
These private businesses have a right to take these actions, but could it backfire?
Public Citizen government affairs lobbyist Craig Holman described the moves as “something very new” and “could potentially alienate an important base for them.”DONATE
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