MLB Suspends Political Donations After DC Riot

17 Janvier, 2021, 21:15 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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"In light of the unprecedented events last week at the U.S. Capitol, MLB is suspending contributions from its Political Action Committee pending a review of our political contribution policy going forward", the league told the news service.

The National Football League said it will reconsider its donations but did not commit to suspending them.

The league announced the move, a first among major professional sports leagues in the wake of the siege, in a statement to the Associated Press.

"We are reassessing our political donation policies through the Gridiron PAC", NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the AP in a statement on Wednesday.

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Trump exhorted thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol last Wednesday as Congress met to certify his defeat by Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, prompting chaos in which crowds breached the building and forced the evacuation of both chambers.

Unlike other corporations that only suspended contributions to politicians who voted to decertify, Major League Baseball suspended contributions to members of both political parties.

Over the past three election cycles, including the two-year run-up to the 2016 elections, MLB's Office of The Commissioner PAC has contributed a total of $669,375 to candidates for federal offices (per the Center for Responsive Politics). The "Save America's Pastime Act" appeared on page 1,967 of a $1.3 trillion spending bill.

Since the 2016 election cycle, Major League Baseball has made contributions to two senators and nine representatives who were among those opposing certification of Biden's victory.

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