Marriott on Sunday told Popular Information that it would pause political contributions to 147 Republican members of congress who were objecting the certification of election results.
Marriott’s political action committee (PAC) has traditionally favored republicans, Mr. Romney used to be a board member but has most recently given equally to both parties in the United States.
Here’s an excerpt from Bloomberg:
The action from the banks followed an earlier announcement from Marriott International Inc., which said it will suspend donations to Republican senators who voted against certifying President-elect Joe Biden, after considering the “destructive events” on Wednesday.
The hotel giant was among the first corporate donors to announce the severing of financial ties with the lawmakers following the Capitol Hill riot by supporters of President Donald Trump. While much of corporate America swiftly condemned the violence, few companies have publicly vowed to cut off financial support to the elected officials that backed Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud.
Bloomberg notes that Marriott is closed to Mitt Romney who previously was its board member:
Marriott is closely tied to Utah Senator Mitt Romney, a former board member and a vocal critic of Trump. Romney’s connection to Marriott predates his service on the board: his given name, Willard, was in honor of J. Willard Marriott, a friend of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee’s father and founder of the hotel company.
Here’s the statement that Marriott released to Popular Information:
Marriott told Popular Information that it will stop donating to all the members who voted against certification. “We have taken the destructive events at the Capitol to undermine a legitimate and fair election into consideration and will be pausing political giving from our Political Action Committee to those who voted against certification of the election,” a spokesperson said. The company did not indicate when, if ever, it would resume supporting those 147 Republicans.
I am sure that I was not the only non-American who was baffled by what was taking place in the United States, a country where I went to graduate school and lived for several years, this past week when congress met to certify the election results.
Businesses flourish when government creates an even playing field that allows innovative companies to succeed and not so well run to disappear.
You don’t want to run a business in a banana republic where the leader or government chooses the winners while assassin opposition figureheads.