Facebook is reportedly reassessing its political spending practices following the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill. Andrew Hoyle /
Silicon Valley suspends contributions to its political action committees following riot last week on Capitol Hill , where supporters of the president Donald Trump attempted to prevent Congressional certificate of the 2020 election results.
"Following the terrible violence in Washington last week, we are all suspending our PAC contributions for at least the current quarter, while we revise our policies, "Facebook spokesperson Daniel Roberts told. Roberts noted that the suspension does not apply to political spending in general.
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Google also froze political contributions following the attack. A spokesperson for the tech giant said it had suspended all contributions by its NetPAC funded byemployees , its political action committee, and reviews its policies.
Facebook and Google were not alone in freezing political contributions. Other big tech companies have also suspended their contributions following the chaotic insurgency attempt, which left five people dead. Historically, tech PACs have donated to Democrats and Republicans.
Political Action Committees pool campaign contributions and use the funds to support or oppose candidates or issues. PACs often represent companies or groups with particular interests.
Software giant Microsoft has said it will also suspend political donations when examining the implications of the melee. "The PAC regularly suspends donations during the first quarter of a new convention, but it will take additional steps this year to review theserecent events and consulting with employees, ”said a company spokesperson.
AT&T said its PAC will not contribute to Republican lawmakers who opposed the certification of the 2020 election results." The employees of our Federal Council of the PAC today convened a appeal and decided to suspend contributions to members of Congress who voted to oppose the certification of the Electoral College votes last week, ”a spokesperson said in a statement.
Telecoms giant Comcast reportedly said on Monday it would also suspend political contributions to "elected officials who voted against the certification of electoral college votes.
AT&T and Comcast together made political contributions of $ 5.2 millionmore dollars over the past two years, according to Open Secrets, a database maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Cellular operator T-Mobile has said it will review its PAC donations but has not committed to following an action plan.
Amazon 's PAC would stop contributions to lawmakers who voted against certification.
I ntel's Political Action Committee will continue to make bipartisan contributions, but "we will not contribute to members of Congress who voted against the certification of Electoral College results as we believe that the action was against our company values, "the chipmaker said in a statement.
Short-term home rental site Airbnb also retains financial supportof Republicans who tried to prevent certification. "Airbnb strongly condemns last week 's attack on the U.S. Capitol and efforts to undermine our democratic process " the company said in a instruction . Airbnb added that it "will continue to enforce our community policies by banning violent members of hate groups when we learn of such memberships. "
In a statement, the satellite television service Dish called the election "free and fair" and expressed disappointment that some Republican members of Congress would not drop their objections to the vote. However, he stopped to suspend contributions, instead claiming that the company 's PAC will certainly take into accountpast statements and the conduct of each candidate seeking support. "
Social media companies have crackdown on President Donald Trump after target a crowd of his supporters burst into the Capitol on January 6. Among the measures taken: Facebook has blocked Trump indefinitely and Twitter a banned his account permanently . Last year, Twitter shut down its PAC because of its belief that "the political influence ofit should be won and not bought ”. The company's PAC has not made any donations to candidates since 2018 and has donated its remaining funds to support non-partisan voter outreach activities.