Facebook at the time said it was pausing its PAC contributions for the first quarter of the year while reviewing its policies. | Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Facebook on Thursday confirmed it will resume political donations, but it will no longer give money to lawmakers who voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election.
Why Facebook stopped giving: Facebook was one of the first corporations to pause all donations through its political action committee in the wake of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. The pause came as major companies faced scrutiny over their donations to Republican lawmakers accused of fanning the flames of the deadly rampage.
Facebook at the time said it was pausing its PAC contributions for the first quarter of the year while reviewing its policies.
The results of the review: “As a result of our review, the FBPAC Board has decided to resume contributions, but not to any members of Congress who voted against certifying the 2020 election following the events at the Capitol on January 6,” said Facebook Public Policy Director Brian Rice in an internal message to employees, first reported by BuzzFeed News. “While a contribution to a candidate for office does not mean that we agree with every policy or position that a candidate may espouse, we believe this decision is appropriate given the unprecedented events in January.”
Google in January also decided it would not give contributions to any member of Congress who voted against certifying President Joe Biden’s victory.
Pressure incoming: GOP lawmakers have already been revolting against corporate America over companies’ decisions to pull back contributions from the eight senators and 139 House members who voted against certifying the election. It’s a fight that is likely to persist as more companies announce their ultimate decisions following reviews during the first quarter.