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Here are the tech companies pausing ​their campaign contributions​

All cite the violence on Capitol Hill last week.

Here are the tech companies pausing ​their campaign contributions​

A number of tech companies are rethinking where they donate their money after facing pressure over their contributions to members of Congress who tried to undermine the legitimacy of the election last week.

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A number of tech companies are rethinking where they donate their money after facing pressure over their contributions to members of Congress who tried to undermine the legitimacy of the election last week.


In light of the violence on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, a number of companies say they will now suspend or rework which candidates their PACs support. Here's a running list of the tech giants that are pausing or rethinking their political spending entirely.

Facebook: "Following last week's awful violence in D.C., we are pausing all of our PAC contributions for at least the current quarter, while we review our policies."

Google: "We have frozen all NetPAC political contributions while we review and reassess its policies following last week's deeply troubling events."

Microsoft: "Microsoft's political action committee decided last Friday that it will not make any political donations until after it assesses the implications of last week's events. The PAC regularly pauses its donations in the first quarter of a new Congress, but it will take additional steps this year to consider these recent events and consult with employees."

Amazon: "The Amazon PAC gives to congressional candidates on a bipartisan basis based upon the interest of our customers and our employees. Given the unacceptable attempt to undermine a legitimate democratic process, the Amazon PAC has suspended contributions to any Member of Congress who voted to override the results of the US Presidential election. We intend to discuss our concerns directly with those Members we have previously supported and will evaluate their responses as we consider future PAC contributions."

Airbnb: "The Airbnb PAC will update its framework and withhold support from those who voted against the certification of the presidential election results."

T-Mobile: "The assault on the U.S. Capitol and on democracy was unacceptable. T-Mobile has supported many elected officials in a bipartisan approach to advancing a policy agenda that keeps the U.S. on the forefront of wireless technology. In light of recent events, we intend to reevaluate our PAC giving, and we look forward to working with the incoming administration."

AT&T: "Employees on our Federal PAC Board convened a call today and decided to suspend contributions to members of Congress who voted to object to the certification of Electoral College votes last week."

Intel: "Intel's Political Action Committee continuously reevaluates its contributions to candidates to ensure that they align with our values, policies and priorities. While Intel's PAC will continue bipartisan contributions, we will not contribute to members of Congress who voted against certification of the Electoral College results as we feel that action was counter to our company's values."

Verizon: "We will be suspending contributions to any member of Congress who voted in favor of objecting to the election results."

Oracle did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Twitter dissolved its PAC last year. Apple and IBM do not make contributions to political parties or candidates.

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Penelope Blackwell
Penelope Blackwell is a reporting fellow at Protocol covering ed-tech, where she reports on the decisions leading up toward the advances of remote learning. Previously, she interned at The Baltimore Sun covering emerging news and produced content for Carnegie-Knight’s News21 documenting hate and bias incidents in the U.S. She is also a recent graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Morgan State University.
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