Google requests refund of $5K contribution to Hyde-Smith

Google requests refund of $5K contribution to Hyde-Smith
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Google has joined a growing list of companies who have asked Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) to return their campaign contributions.

A spokesperson for Google confirmed to CNBC on Monday that the company requested a refund of the $5,000 donation, following AT&T, Ernst & Young, Boston Scientific, Major League Baseball and others in pulling support of Hyde-Smith over controversial comments.

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Hyde-Smith, who is running to finish out the term of retired Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranBiden has a lot at stake in first debate The Hill's Morning Report — Trump turns the page back to Mueller probe Trump praises Thad Cochran: 'A real senator with incredible values' MORE (R), said earlier this month that she would be “front row” if invited to a “public hanging.”

The comments sparked national backlash given Mississippi’s history of lynchings, and the fact that Hyde-Smith’s Democratic runoff opponent, Mike Espy, is black.

Hyde-Smith has said she made the comments in jest and that the remark was misinterpreted.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE traveled to Mississippi on Monday to hold two rallies in support of Hyde-Smith ahead of the runoff vote on Tuesday.