Athletic apparel company Nike announced that they would no longer make political contributions to lawmakers that supported “decertifying the Electoral College results” in the wake of last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol.
“Nike’s Political Action Committee helps our employees support elected officials who understand our business and whose values align with our mission of serving athletes,” Nike said in the statement.” “These nonpartisan values rely upon upholding the principles of democracy. Although we’re not yet making contributions at this point in the election cycle, Nike’s PAC will not support any member of Congress who ignores these principles, including those who voted to decertify the Electoral College results.”
Nike joins a growing list of Fortune 500 companies that have decided to pause political contributions for lawmakers that objected to certifying the election results, joining notable names such as Disney, Cisco, Wells Fargo, Boeing, United Airlines, McDonald’s, and Walmart.
The move by large corporations to halt donations comes as lawmakers continue to debate the fallout of last week’s riot at the Capitol, with House Democrats launching an impeachment effort against President Trump that was approved mainly along party lines Wednesday.
The impeachment process faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he does not plan to reconvene the chamber to take up the issue. That has opened a debate as to whether the Senate could vote to convict the president even after he leaves office.
Social media giants Facebook and Twitter made changes following the chaos as well, moving to ban Trump from their platforms over concerns he could use them to incite more violence in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Meanwhile, Apple, Google, and Amazon all moved to ban alternative social media platforms such as Parler, claiming the service doesn’t do enough to moderate violent content.
Author: Michael Lee
Source: Washington Wxaminer: Nike announces a halt to political contributions to lawmakers who supported ‘decertifying’ election results