Disney, Walmart say they will block donations to lawmakers who objected to Electoral College results

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Disney and Walmart became the latest companies to announce they will halt any donations to lawmakers who objected to certifying the Electoral College results last week.

The rebukes from the two giants marked the newest salvo in a burgeoning rebuke from corporate America against politicians looked to subvert the presidential election. Companies have begun scrambling to disavow their support for lawmakers who voted against certification after evidence-challenged claims that the presidential race was fraudulent helped fuel a deadly riot at the Capitol last week.

Disney, the world’s largest entertainment firm, said it would not make any donations in 2021 to those who voted against certifying the Electoral College’s results showing President-elect Joe Biden defeating President Trump by a 306-232 margin. 

“The insurrection at our nation’s Capitol was a direct assault on one of our country’s most revered tenets: the peaceful transition of power. In the immediate aftermath of that appalling siege, Members of Congress had an opportunity to unite—an opportunity that some sadly refused to embrace. In light of these events, we have decided we will not make political contributions in 2021 to lawmakers who voted to reject the certification of the Electoral College votes,” the company said in a statement. 

Walmart, the nation’s largest retail company, said it will review its donations but is indefinitely suspending contributions to lawmakers who voted against certification.

“We examine and adjust our political giving strategy at the end of every election cycle, and that review will continue over the coming months,” the company said. “However, in light of last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol, Walmart’s political action committee is indefinitely suspending contributions to those members of Congress who voted against the lawful certification of state electoral college votes.”

Neither company called out lawmakers of any one party, but only Republican lawmakers objected in last week’s vote to certify the presidential election.

Disney and Walmart are joining a mushrooming number of companies who are withdrawing their support from last week’s objectors, including titans like JPMorgan Chase, Coca Cola and others that have in the past showered lawmakers with funds.

It is unclear how significant the pause on the donations will be for GOP lawmakers. One Republican member told The Hill this week they anticipate it will be a temporary issue, though it remains to be seen how long the money will be held in an era when Democrats are already dominating Republicans with small, online donors.

The halting of donations comes as the Capitol grapples with the fallout of last week’s riot, which killed at least five people and was egged on by remarks Trump made to supporters earlier in the day to march to the building. Extra security has been beefed up in the area ahead of Biden’s inauguration next week, top security officials on Capitol Hill have resigned, and Trump’s remarks are now the focus of impeachment proceedings.

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