1. Republicans are convinced the PAC announcements are all a bad dream and soon they will wake up and the money will return.
2. "The sheer extent of the Republican opposition will make it difficult for businesses to simply cut off those who voted against certifying Biden’s victory, said a senior Republican business strategist, speaking on condition of anonymity."

"Roughly two-thirds of all House Republicans, including seasoned legislators and vocal Trump partisans, supported the challenge."

“Are they all going into the bucket of ‘no contributions’? I would be shocked if they all get put in.”
In any event, we'll be looking at the FEC reports and seeing if these companies live up to their word or not.

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13 Jan

3 major corporations say they'll suspend donations to the Republican Attorneys General Association, which helped drive participation in last Wed's events




Follow along for more on these 3 plus 60 other corps

@Facebook @lyft @DoorDash 2. University of Phoenix (@UOPX) is taking things a step further.

The for-profit university, which donated $50,400 to RAGA last year, is demanding its money back

"We have asked RAGA to return our contribution to us as soon as possible."

3. @lyft tells popular.info that it "not be renewing our membership in RAGA for 2021"

@Facebook says it was "surprised and appalled" by the RAGA's conduct

Read 12 tweets
12 Jan
1. In this thread, I will try to summarize the flood of announcements from corporate America over the last few days.

Some of these announcements are genuinely significant.

Others are just efforts to buy time.

Follow along if interested.

2. @Hallmark gets a category of its own. It is the only company demanding refunds, specifically from @HawleyMO and @RogerMarshallMD.

This is especially brutal for Hawley, because Hallmark is headquartered in his home state. This was the cover of today's Kansas City Star. Image
3. @AmericanExpress also gets its own category. It will no longer donate to any member of Congress that objected to the Electoral College vote on Wednesday. A spokesperson told popular.info that decision was permanent.

Read 8 tweets
11 Jan
Companies announcing a "three month pause" in donations are just trying to lay low until things blow over.

There is never much PAC activity during the 1st quarter of a cycle

We'll be monitoring these companies to see what happens after the "pause"
Three companies just told popular.info they would temporarily suspend all donations: @Visa (indefinite), @AmericanAir (3 mos), @ADMupdates (indefinite)
More companies that are pausing all contributions: @Google (indefinite), @UnitedHealthGrp (indefinite), @HRBlock (indefinite).
Read 4 tweets
11 Jan
BREAKING: In an internal memo to staff obtained by popular.info, @AmericanExpress CEO Steve Squeri says the company will no longer support the Republican members of Congress who objected to the Electoral College

"Last week's attempts by some congressional members to subvert the presidential election results and disrupt the peaceful transition of power do not align with our American Express Blue Box values; therefore AXP PAC will not support them," Squeri writes.
Notably, this announcement does not appear to be time limited.

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Read 4 tweets
11 Jan
1. There has been A LOT of news about major corporations suspending their political contributions to members of Congress that objected to the presidential vote.

I'm going to summarize where we are at in this thread.

Follow along if interested.

2. @Hallmark is demanding refunds from the two senators it supported @HawleyMO and @RogerMarshallMD

@DowNewsroom is suspending donations to Republicans who voted against certification for at least the durations of their current terms

3. Four companies have indefinitely suspended donations to members of Congress who objected to the presidential vote:

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11 Jan
UPDATE: Dow (@DowNewsroom), the massive chemical company, tells me it will not donate to any member of Congress that objected to the certification of the presidential vote

This is not a pause. The company won't donate to these Republicans ever again.

@DowNewsroom For updates and independent accountability journalism, sign up for my newsletter

Since 2014, Dow's PAC donated $1.4 million to Republicans and 396K to Democrats.

This is not a company that is pandering to liberals.

But it's drawing the line at the subversion of Democracy.
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