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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 CruzHillicon Valley: Biden's cyber priorities zero in on Russian hack | Apple, Facebook report increase in earnings at the end of 2020 | International authorities disrupt 'world's most dangerous malware' McCaul urges senators to block vote on Commerce secretary over Huawei concerns Lankford to stay on Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission after Capitol riot 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. 

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