Pausing campaign donations is an empty gesture. Cutting off Rick Scott’s NRSC isn’t.
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

Rick Scott
If these corporations want to make a difference, they could start by pledging not to make any contributions to the NRSC.

Some of the country’s largest corporations have put political donations on hold in the wake of last week’s violent riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Facebook, Google and Microsoft joined the chorus on Monday, vowing to stop contributions for the time being.

“Following last week’s awful violence in DC, we are pausing all of our PAC contributions for at least the current quarter, while we review our policies,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said in a statement.

Other companies have taken a more surgical approach. Marriott, for instance, said it will only withhold donations to Republicans who voted not to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory last week.

But what good does that do?

The election was more than two months ago and the Georgia runoff ended last week. Now it’s January in an off-year for elections and candidates won’t be really clamoring for money for a while. As it stands, it’s an empty gesture.

It doesn’t have to be, however.

If these corporations want to make a difference, they could start by pledging not to make any contributions to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

With Democrats set to retake control the Senate, the NRSC will be fighting tooth and nail to regain the GOP majority in the upper chamber next year.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott will be the Republicans’ field general in that effort. It was a position he fought hard for, winning the support of his fellow Republicans in the Senate.

But Scott was also one of just a handful of Senators who voted against certifying Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania, and his vote came after the violent pro-Trump mob forced Congress to evacuate the Capitol.

Scott’s vote showed wanton disregard for our democratic republic. While he has tried to play the fence sitter in the days since by condemning the violence, his vote furthered baseless conspiracies about election fraud and tacitly validated the lawlessness on display Wednesday.

He should not be rewarded for it with millions in campaign cash, which he will most certainly use to try and elect Republicans who would have voted the same way if given the opportunity.

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Peter Schorsch

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2 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 11, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Lol Nazi Rick gonna have to use your own Ill-gotten gains! Expulsion is in your future nazi rick!

  • Booner

    January 13, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    All Greedy Rick Scott knows is money – to his pocket, to his pet projects, to his grifter friends seeking Florida state contracts.

    We’ve watched him vote to overturn an election which he knows was conducted fairly. Rick Scott is a failed insurrectionist and seditionist who is lockstep with Donald Trump. History will never forget his betrayal of the US Constitution.

    The Democrats should rewrite Federal election law to severely limit contributions. Meanwhile the money for Senatorial Campaign contributions will dry up. Hit him where it hurts.

    Rick Scott obstructs the will of Floridians and is unfit for office. Resign now! Slimy, odious Snake.

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