Some of the country’s largest corporations have put political donations on hold in the wake of last week’s violent riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Facebook, Google and Microsoft joined the chorus on Monday, vowing to stop contributions for the time being.
“Following last week’s awful violence in DC, we are pausing all of our PAC contributions for at least the current quarter, while we review our policies,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said in a statement.
Other companies have taken a more surgical approach. Marriott, for instance, said it will only withhold donations to Republicans who voted not to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory last week.
But what good does that do?
The election was more than two months ago and the Georgia runoff ended last week. Now it’s January in an off-year for elections and candidates won’t be really clamoring for money for a while. As it stands, it’s an empty gesture.
It doesn’t have to be, however.
If these corporations want to make a difference, they could start by pledging not to make any contributions to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
With Democrats set to retake control the Senate, the NRSC will