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These are the companies still giving money to the lawmakers who voted to overturn the election results
  • After the January 6 Capitol siege, dozens of companies said they'd cut ties with some Trump groups.
  • Several companies vowed to stop PAC donations to lawmakers who voted against Biden's certification.
  • However, other companies made vaguer statements — and have restarted donations.
Companies including Toyota, JetBlue, and Cigna are still donating thousands of dollars to the lawmakers who voted against Joe Biden's certification as president.

After a mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6 to try and prevent Congress from certifying Biden's win, many top US companies scrambled to cut ties with the 147 GOP lawmakers who voted against the results.

Dozen of companies, including Walmart, Amazon, Morgan Stanley, and AT&T, said they would stop giving donations to these specific lawmakers, and Hallmark even asked Hawley and Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall to return its donations.

Other companies, including Microsoft, Deloitte, and Goldman Sachs, said they would instead pause all political donations to both Republicans and Democrats. Many gave a set timescale for their pause.

A further group of companies said they would review their contribution policies or would take the January 6 events into account when awarding funding.

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, founder of Yale's Chief Executive Leadership Institute, told Axios in March the companies that halted political donations are unlikely to lift this ban any time soon. However, recent Federal Election Commission filings show that some companies are still giving to these lawmakers.

Color of Change, which says it is America's largest racial justice organization and has more than 7 million members, is urging these companies to halt the donations.

Jade Ogunnaike, senior campaign director at Color of Change, told Insider that Trump's presidency "undermined faith in our democracy."

She said lawmakers including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who voted against Biden's certification, "would have been very happy to do anything possible that they could to ensure that Trump remained in the office."

"You can't forget that these are not congresspeople that we can trust," Ogunnaike added.

"It's incredibly important that corporations understand that and refuse to back people who were supporting violence in the transfer of power," she said.


The vast majority of corporations who pledged to stop funding these GOP lawmakers have stayed true to their word — but some companies who made vaguer promises about assessing PAC criteria have restarted donations, while others gave money instead to various Republican committees that, in turn, fund these lawmakers.

Here are the companies that have still been funding these 147 objectors, according to Federal Election Commission data up to March 31.
  • Toyota
  • Cigna
  • Koch Industries
  • National Association of Realtors
  • JetBlue
  • Jones Walker
  • Cubic Corporation, LKQ Corporation, and the Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • Trade associations
  • Some companies are instead funding GOP committees
... "At Color of Change we're not supporting a boycott [of these companies] necessarily," Ogunnaike told Insider. Instead, the organization is asking people to design a petition asking that these companies stop funding these lawmakers.

She added she also recommended that customers contact these companies and share their point of view.

"What we see is that corporations are very, very reactive to the concerns of consumers," she said. "We've seen corporations change their minds on an important issue within moments because consumers reached."
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/companies-pac-political-donations-money-lawmakers-election-trump-biden-republican-2021-4

Gov. Hogan rips GOP for devotion to Trump: It bothers me that you have to swear fealty to 'Dear Leader' or you get kicked out the party
  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan criticized the GOP leadership for its devotion to Trump.
  • Hogan, a Republican, said members of his party who don't love Trump get "kicked out."
  • "It's sort of a circular firing squad where we're just attacking our own party," he said.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan criticized Sunday members of his own party as they work to strip Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney of her leadership position in the House of Representatives.

"Can you explain why the party doesn't seem to hold Donald Trump responsible?" asked Chuck Todd, the moderator of NBC News' "Meet the Press."

... Hogan said Sunday that Republicans who continue to unequivocally throw their support behind the ex-president are afraid of him.

"I think they're concerned about retaliation from the president," Hogan said Sunday. "They're concerned about being attacked within the party. And it just bothers me that you have to swear fealty to the 'Dear Leader' or you get kicked out of the party. It just doesn't make any sense."


Todd noted that Cheney had supported Trump while in office, particularly his 2017 tax reform bill that Stefanik voted against. According to data from FiveThirtyEight, Cheney voted with Trump's agenda nearly 93% of the time vs Stefanik, who supported it about 78% of the time.

"Well, it's sort of a circular firing squad where we're attacking members of our own party," Hogan said.

He said members of the GOP were more interested in infighting than "focusing on problems" or "standing up and having an argument" with Democrats over Biden's agenda.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/hogan-gop-trump-leads-to-circular-firing-squad-2021-5

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger compared the Republican Party to the Titanic
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Sunday compared the GOP to the ill-fated Titanic passenger liner.
  • "I think there's a few of us that are just saying 'guys this is not good,'" he said.
  • Kinzinger backs Cheney's criticism of former President Trump's conduct on January 6.
"Liz Cheney is saying exactly what Kevin McCarthy said the day of the insurrection," he said. "She's just been consistently saying it. A few weeks later, Kevin McCarthy changed to attacking other people."

Kinzinger said that the GOP must have "an internal look and a full accounting" of what led to the riot and compared the party to the Titanic, the ill-fated British passenger liner which sank in the North Atlantic Ocean during its maiden voyage in 1912.

"Right now, it's basically the Titanic," he said. "We're in the middle of this slow sink. We have a band playing on the deck telling everybody it's fine. And meanwhile, Donald Trump's running around trying to find women's clothing and get on the first lifeboat."

He added: "I think there's a few of us that are just saying 'guys this is not good,' not just for the future of the party, but this is not good for the future of this country."
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/congressman-adam-kinzinger-compares-republican-party-to-titanic-2021-5

House GOP campaign officials withheld poor Trump poll numbers from lawmakers at recent Florida retreat: report
  • The NRCC failed to disclose bad Trump polling data at a House GOP retreat, per The Washington Post.
  • The numbers in several battleground districts showed poor favorability ratings for Trump.
  • In the districts that were polled, Biden and Harris both received higher marks than Trump.
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) did not disclose internal polling that revealed dismal numbers for former President Donald Trump in key swing districts during the House GOP retreat in April, according to two sources who spoke with The Washington Post.

During a presentation at the Florida retreat, NRCC staffers reportedly withheld the information even when pressed by a member of Congress regarding Trump's support.

The polling data showed Trump's favorability ratings underwater, with his unfavorable ratings 15 points higher than his favorable numbers, according to The Post.

In the districts that were polled, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris had better numbers than Trump, The Post noted.


House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who is facing the possibility of being removed from her leadership role for her criticism of Trump's influence over the party, was reportedly "alarmed" by the lack of transparency in revealing the former president's polling data.

Cheney was taken aback, in part, because Trump's lackluster poll numbers were also withheld from ranking committee chairs during a March retreat.

The NRCC reportedly denied that they sought to keep the polling information away from members, but Cheney saw it as another way that the GOP was seeking to ignore the truth about Trump's possible drag on the party.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/cheney-trump-national-republican-congressional-committee-battleground-district-polls-2021-5

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.


Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.