Facebook requests Hyde-Smith return campaign contribution

Facebook requests Hyde-Smith return campaign contribution

Facebook has joined a growing list of companies asking for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) to return their campaign contributions.

The social media platform requested a refund on its $2,500 donation, a spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.

“The recent public comments made by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith do not reflect the values or mission of Facebook,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Hill. “Our PAC contribution was made before these comments were made, and we have asked the Hyde-Smith campaign to return our campaign donation.”

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Facebook joins Google, AT&T, Walmart, Boston Scientific, Major League Baseball and others in asking the Senate incumbent to return donations following her controversial comments referencing a “public hanging.”

Hyde-Smith, who was tapped to replace retired GOP Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranTop 5 races to watch in 2019 Bottom Line Races Dems narrowly lost show party needs to return to Howard Dean’s 50 state strategy MORE, was videotaped earlier this month saying that she would be in the “front row” if invited to a “public hanging” by a supporter.

The comments sparked backlash given the state’s history of lynching.

She has apologized for the comment and said it was meant as a joke.

The lawmaker also faced criticism after a 2014 photo resurfaced this month showing her wearing a Confederate soldier’s hat in a museum.

Voters in Mississippi head to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether Hyde-Smith or her Democratic opponent, Mike Espy, will finish out Cochran’s term.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE made two campaign appearances for Hyde-Smith on Tuesday.

Updated: 5:55 p.m.