Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Google Says It Won't Donate to Lawmakers Who Voted Against Certifying Election Results - FARS

Google Says It Won't Donate to Lawmakers

 (FNA)- Lawmakers who voted against certifying the election results won't be getting donations from Google this cycle.

After previously putting its contributions on pause in the wake of the recent deadly attack on the Capitol building by supporters of former President Donald Trump, Google has announced that its political action committee won't donate to politicians this election cycle if they objected to Congress certifying President Joe Biden's election win.

"After the disturbing events at the Capitol, NetPAC paused all contributions while undertaking a review," a Google spokesperson told Axios.

"Following that review, the NetPAC board has decided that it will not be making any contributions this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certification of the election results," the spokesperson said.

Numerous Republican members of Congress objected to the certification of the election results earlier this month, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), even after a crowd of Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol building to disrupt the process in a riot that left five people dead.

As Axios notes, among the other companies that also paused political contributions following the Capitol riot were Facebook and Microsoft, the latter of which said it will announce by February 15 whether it will "suspend further donations to individuals who voted against certification of the Electoral College".

Journalist Judd Legum, author of the newsletter Popular Information, on Tuesday wrote that Google's decision is "significant" because it "makes it harder for other companies not to act".

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