Firms scrap political donations over Capitol riots
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Republicans in the US Congress are facing a backlash from businesses over last week’s violence in Washington.
At least a dozen major US companies have said they would cut off campaign contributions to those who voted to challenge Joe Biden’s victory.
They join a growing list including hotel giant Marriott, Citibank and major technology firms like Google.
Other donors are rethinking their strategies after Trump supporters forced their way into the Capitol.
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At least five people died in the attack, which was an attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden.
Corporate donors often spread their money widely around Washington, donating to both parties.
However, many now appear to be reconsidering donations after the public backlash over the attacks.
Accounting giant Deloitte, telecom firm AT&T and credit card companies American Express and Mastercard have all said they would withhold donations.
“We will continue to uphold our community policies by banning violent hate group members when we learn of such memberships," said property rental company Airbnb.
The company pledged to "update its framework and withhold support from those who voted against the certification of the presidential election results”.