More companies who pledged to pause or rethink political donations to Republicans who voted against certifying President Biden’s victory have resumed their donations.
American Airlines stated that it would pause donations through a statement from its corporate spokeswoman in January. Stacy Day stated that, “When we resume, we will ensure we focus on a bipartisan array of lawmakers who support U.S. aviation, airline workers and our values, including bringing people together,” she said. American Airlines has donated to at least one of the Republican lawmakers who voted against the certifying the 2020 election results.
The airline’s PAC gave $2,500 to Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) on June 7, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission. Stacy Day made the following statement by email regarding this donation, “While there is no lawmaker with whom we agree about every issue, we are committed to working with members of both parties to advance policies that will positively shape the future of our company, our team members and the communities we serve.”
Other companies have also resumed donations. According to a June report from the nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, more than $5 million in corporate or industry money has already gone to lawmakers who contested the election results or to aligned party committees.’
Aflac, which paused its PAC’s donations after Jan. 6, contributed more than $13,000 in June to four lawmakers who voted against the election results, according to an FEC filing this month. The Georgia-based insurance company directed contributions to Reps. Mike D. Rogers (R-Ala.), Tom Rice (R-S.C.), Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) and Bill Johnson (R-Ohio).
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), who voted against certification, received contributions at the end of June from PACs connected to Lockheed Martin as well as the United Parcel Service, his campaign’s filing for the second quarter of the year shows. Both companies initially halted donations after Jan. 6.
UPS has also resumed their donations, including $10,000 in June to Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the House minority leader, and $5,000 to Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-Ga.). Carter also drew $2,500 from Southern Co., an Atlanta-based gas and electric utility that had promised to “discontinue support for any official or organization” at odds with “values we follow as a business — honesty, respect, fairness, integrity and the value of diversity.”
A UPS spokeswoman, Danielle Cassady, defended the decision to resume political contributions, including to members who challenged the electoral college results, by saying, “Engagement with those with whom we disagree is a critical part of the democratic process and our responsibility in legislative advocacy as a company.”
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