The main Republican Party campaign committees in the House and Senate – the NRCC and the NRSC – withdrew “a combined $ 1.7 million from PACs linked to more than 57 companies and industry groups,” according to CREW. Contributors included “household names like Pfizer, Intel, T-Mobile and CVS, as well as PACs linked to business groups that represent industries as diverse as real estate, mortgage banking and insurance agents.” .
It seems interesting to note that NRSC leader Senator Rick Scott of Florida was one of eight Senate Republicans to vote to overturn the election results, even after the attack on Capitol Hill.
Of the 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the election results, CREW found that at least 103 had benefited from corporate cash. Representative Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania topped the list of recipients, drawing $ 44,000 from a range of companies and industry groups, including John Deere and the National Chicken Council. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, the Republican of Missouri, who allegedly threatened to create an enemy list of any companies that put him on their non-contribution lists, came in at No.2. And, of course, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House leader, continued to raise corporate funds for his own campaign and PAC leadership, albeit at much lower levels than usual.
Indeed, part of what makes the January 6 dilemma so awkward for donors is that it wasn’t just the backbench MPs who were complicit in Donald Trump’s fraudulent lies. Powerful Republican leaders have also been a key part of the problem. Denying them contributions carries even greater risks.
The farther January 6 gets, of course, the more American businesses will find it safer to donate than not. As any wise politician can tell you, the attention span of the American public is short. Without constant nourishment, the widespread outrage quickly wears off – or is replaced by the next outrage. Just ask the gun control advocates, who know all too well how quickly the public and politicians are moving away from mass shootings.
Which is a big part of why more and more industry donors are already feeling comfortable asking what, to many people, will seem like a totally outrageous question: is it really fair to keep punishing. the Republicans in Congress simply because their party tried to undermine American democracy?