But many companies have restarted campaign giving, and some say they do so in a nonpartisan spirit.
“Our PAC program for employees continues to observe long-standing principles of nonpartisan political engagement in support of our business interests,” said Trent Perrotto, a spokesman for defense contractor Lockheed Martin, who contributed $ 145,000 to 72 legislators who voted against it. certify the election.
Sharon J. Castillo, a spokesperson for Pfizer, said in a statement that “following the events of January 6, 2021, the company adhered to its commitment to pause political donations to the 147 members of Congress who voted against certifying the election for six months. He added that “monitoring the conduct and statements of elected officials is part of our governance process, and we will continue to do so as we consider future disbursements from Pfizer’s PAC.”
CREW noted that some lawmakers who had played down the riots or tried to cast doubt on what happened on January 6 had continued to be magnets for corporate money. Representative Madison Cawthorn, a North Carolina Republican who blamed Democrats for instigating the violence and called those detained in connection with the riots as “political hostages,” received $ 2,000 in donations from the National Association of Financial Advisors and from Insurance and Farmers’ Rice Cooperative Fund.
Representative Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas who has said there is no evidence that an “armed insurrection” has occurred, received $ 1,000 from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.
In the immediate aftermath of the riots, association with lawmakers who appeared to instigate them was viewed by many companies as a political responsibility. But in many cases, those concerns didn’t last.
Charles Spies, a Republican campaign finance attorney who helped run Mitt Romney’s presidential super PAC, said that while the initial shock of the attack made corporate donors risk averse, his thinking changed with the politicization of the investigation. of the Congress of January 6. Republicans have tried to downplay the attack and have accused Democrats of using the investigation to damage the image of the Republican Party.