Corporations and industry groups have given at least $ 170 million in recent years to ruling Republican officials who have officially challenged President-elect Joseph Biden’s November victory over President Donald Trump, according to a new report by a government oversight group.
The report of the “Public Citizen” service considers the contributions of corporations and sector associations that have given money to 147 members of the US Congress since the 2016 elections, who opposed Trump’s confirmation of the outcome of the November elections in which Biden won last week.
Those monetary gifts came under control after the deadly revolt of Trump’s supporters, who stormed the Capitol last Wednesday to stop the final vote of the president.
Many companies have since said they will avoid giving money to members of the House of Representatives and Senate who voted to undo Biden’s victory. Other companies have temporarily postponed the political giving of money to both political parties.
The amount of corporate donations to individual candidates is limited to $ 5,000 per candidate per year, which is only a small part of the total amount of cash inflows to candidates. But data reviewed by Public Citizen, which was provided to the AP, shows that corporations gave significant amounts of cash for campaigns, especially to Republicans in the House of Representatives.
“If (corporations and industry groups) decided to really make a deal and stop making financial contributions to those people, it would have an effect,” said Mike Tanglis, director of research at Public Citizen, co-author of the report. Tanglis, however, said he was “very skeptical that companies will stop giving money to these people forever.”
According to the report, the largest contributions for 147 Republicans were made by the National Association of Realtors, the National Association of Bankers, AT and T, Comcast, Exxon Mobil, Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
Among the 19 companies and sector associations listed in the report, each gave at least $ 1 million to Republicans in Congress who voted to annul the November election, and 46 gave to at least half of Republicans who objected to the election, the report said.
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