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BP employee PAC pauses contributions for 6 months

BP employee PAC pauses contributions for 6 months
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Oil company British Petroleum (BP) will pause political contributions made through its employee political action committee for six months, joining a wave of other companies pausing some or all political spending in the wake of an attack by Trump supporters on the Capitol last week. 

BP America said in a tweet on Monday that the company will “reevaluate its criteria for candidate support” during the six month period of halted contributions. 

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The PAC has donated to both Republicans and Democrats over the years, though it has consistently given more money to Republicans, according to OpenSecrets

The OpenSecrets database shows that candidates who have recently received donations from the committee are lawmakers who objected to some states’ Electoral College votes being certified including Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Ted Cruz says critical race theory is as racist as 'Klansmen in white sheets' Pentagon pulling 'certain forces and capabilities,' including air defenses, from Middle East MORE (R-Texas) and John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.). 

While some companies are specifically pausing donations to lawmakers who opposed certifying the election, the BP PAC is apparently pausing its contributions to all candidates for the time being. 

The violent event at the Capitol last week left at least five people dead. Three House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment Monday against President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE, charging him with inciting a mob of his supporters to carry out a violent attack on the Capitol in a big to overturn Joe BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE's election victory.