Hallmark PAC asks Hawley, Marshall to return employee donations

Hallmark Cards asked two GOP senators to return campaign donations on Monday following the violent riot that overtook the U.S. Capitol last week.

The company's political action committee, HALLPAC, sent notices to Sens. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyPence heckled with calls of 'traitor' at conservative conference Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior MORE (R-Mo.) and Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallRepublicans grill Biden public lands agency pick over finances, advocacy Senate passes resolution urging probe into COVID-19 origins Republicans seek vindication amid reemergence of Wuhan lab theory MORE (R-Kan.) requesting the return of $7,000 and $5,000 in donations made to the two senators respectively during their most recent runs for office, according to a Hallmark spokesperson.

“Hallmark believes the peaceful transition of power is part of the bedrock of our democratic system, and we abhor violence of any kind,” Hallmark spokeswoman JiaoJiao Shen told The Kansas City Star. “The recent actions of Senators Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall do not reflect our company’s values. As a result, HALLPAC requested Sens. Hawley and Marshall to return all HALLPAC campaign contributions.”


Both senators voted to sustain objections against the certification of the Electoral College results in Arizona and Pennsylvania following Wednesday's riot, which resulted in five deaths and left lawmakers in both parties hiding in secure areas for hours in fear for their safety.

Allies of President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE, including the two senators, have supported conspiracy theories about the results of statewide presidential election results in several states lost by Trump to President-elect Biden in the November elections; those claims resulted in last Wednesday's violence at the Capitol during which supporters of the president demanded that other lawmakers support the objections to the certification.

Some Democrats led by Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) in the House have called for senators and members of Congress who supported the challenge to Biden's victory to be expelled from Congress as a result of the violence.