WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies and business teams have donated a minimum of $170 million in recent times to Republicans who rejected President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump, in keeping with a brand new report by a authorities watchdog group.
The report by Public Citizen examines company and commerce affiliation contributions made because the 2016 election cycle to the 147 members of Congress who, at Trump’s behest, final week objected to the certification of November’s election.
Giving by such commerce teams and company PACs has come below intense scrutiny within the wake of the lethal riot by Trump supporters, who stormed the Capitol to cease the vote. Many firms have since mentioned they are going to keep away from making donations to members of the Home and Senate who voted to overturn Biden’s win.
Different firms have briefly postponed political giving to each political events.
The quantity of giving by company PACs and commerce teams to particular person candidates is restricted to $5,000 per candidate every year, thus making up a small portion of every candidate’s total money haul. However information reviewed by Public Citizen, which was offered to The Related Press earlier than the report’s launch later Wednesday, reveals that when checked out extra broadly, company giving nonetheless accounts for a major stream of marketing campaign money, notably to the Republicans within the Home.
“If (firms and business teams) determined to truly get collectively and cease contributing to those individuals, it is going to have an impact,” mentioned Mike Tanglis, Public Citizen’s analysis director, who co-authored the report. Tanglis mentioned, nevertheless, that he’s “very skeptical that they are going to cease contributing to those individuals without end.”
The highest company and business givers to the 147 Republicans detailed within the report embrace:
— $2 million by the Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors. In an electronic mail, the group mentioned it’s “briefly pausing” all federal contributions and can “carefully monitor occasions in Washington within the days and weeks forward as a way to guarantee our political participation most carefully represents the need of our REALTOR members.”
— $2 million by the Nationwide Bankers Affiliation. The group says it’s reviewing its practices, however hasn’t made any choices on the way it will transfer ahead.
— $1.8 million by the Nationwide Beer Wholesalers Affiliation. The group didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Others prolific givers featured within the report embrace AT&T, Comcast, Exxon Mobil, Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
AT&T and Comcast each suspended contributions to those that voted to overturn the election. Exxon Mobil says it’s reviewing its political giving. Spokesmen for Lockheed Martin and Boeing declined to remark.
Nineteen of the PACs listed within the report every contributed a minimum of $1 million over the previous three cycles to congressional Republicans who voted to overturn the election. In the meantime, 46 of the PACs gave to a minimum of half of the Republican objectors, the report discovered.
Tanglis, the report’s co-author, and different marketing campaign finance consultants say the large query concerning the donations is whether or not firms and commerce teams will stick by their pledges.
“You must marvel if in three months they are going to begin to again up,” Tanglis mentioned. “For essentially the most half, we’re not likely into the following election cycle. They might very simply take six months or the entire yr off and begin up once more in 2022.”