Facebook is one of many companies to re-evaluate their political spending practices after the attack . Andrew Hoyle /
Silicon Valley and the world tech as a whole is suspending contributions to their political action committees following last week's deadly riot on Capitol Hill , where supporters of President Donald Trum attempted prevent congressional certification of the 2020 election results.
"Following the terrible violence last week in Washington, we are suspending all our PAC contributions for at least this 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 by employees , its political action committee, and is reviewing its policies.
Verizon spokesman Rich Young said on Tuesday the telecommunications giant "would suspend contributions to any member of Congress who voted in opposition to election results ”. A total of 147 Republicans in the House and Senate objected to the results.
Facebook, Google and Verizon weren't the only ones to freeze 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 specific interests.
Software giant Microsoft has said it will also suspend political donations when examining the implications of the melee. "PAC regularly suspends donations during the first quarter of a new convention, but it will be taking additional steps this year to review these recent events and consult with employees," a company spokesperson said.
AT&T said its PAC would not help Republican lawmakers who opposed certification of election results. "The employees of our Federal Council of the CAP today called an appeal and decidedto suspend contributions to members of Congress who voted to oppose the certification of Electoral College votes last week, ”a spokesperson said in a statement Monday.
Telecoms giant Comcast reportedly said on Monday it would also suspend political contributions "to elected officials who voted against certification of electoral college votes. "
AT&T and Comcast together have made political contributions of $ 5.2 million more 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 suspend contributions tox Republican lawmakers who voted against CER tification.
Intel 's Political Cooperation 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 because we believe that the 'The action was against our company values, "the chipmaker said in a statement. .
Short-term home rental site Airbnb is also refusing financial support from Republicans who have 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 nos community policies by banning violent members of hate groups when we learn of such affiliations. "
Rideshare company Lyft has said in the past it has not. backed one of the congressmen who voted against certification and it turned out. 'is "committed not to support them in the future. "Lyft added that he joined nearly 200 other business leaders earlier this month to urge Congress to certify the election results for Biden.
In a statement, the satellite television service Dish called the elections "free and fair" and expressed disappointment that some Republican members of Congress did not drop their objections to the vote. However, he stopped suspending contributions, stating instead that the company's PAC "will certainly take into account past statements and the conduct of each candidate seeking support. "
Social media companies have cracked on Trump after a a crowd of his supporters burst into the Capitol on January 6. Among the actions taken: Facebook blocked Trump indefinitely and Twitter banned his account permanently . Last year, Twitter shut down its PAC due to its belief that "political influence must be won and not purchased. ”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.