It's All About the Money in Politics

Carol Lennox

McConnell knows this better than most politicians.

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I knew a major shift was happening when a banner appeared on the news that the National Association of Manufacturers condemned the assault on the Capitol Building within a couple of hours of the attack happening.

The network I was watching was still doing a live report in front of the Capitol Building, showing Capitol and Washington D.C. police clearing people off the Capitol grounds, when that galvanizing banner came across the television screen. More than the curfew imposed by Mayor Muriel Bowser, this banner signaled that "the times they are a'changing."

Major corporations followed. More than simply virtue signaling by condemning the actions of the people who invaded the Capitol chambers, these corporations actually stopped their donations to Congressional members of the Republican party who objected to the Electoral College vote certification.

Blue Cross, Blue Shield, American Express, Commerce Bank, Marriot, Airbnb, Amazon, AT&T, Comcast, Disney, Mastercard, Verizon, Best Buy, Exelon, General Electric, Goldman Sachs Group, Intel, Kraft Heinz, Mass Mutual, Mastercard, Nike, Disney, and Dow Chemical suspended donations to the 147 House of Representative members who voted against certification. Even Walmart, always known for its conservative leanings, jumped into the fray. When they suspended donations to Republicans, it was obvious something big was happening.

Cisco Systems, the largest provider of network equipment stopped donations to the 147 members of the House of Representatives who, "...attemted to prevent Congress from fulfilling its constituional duty to certify a legitmate and fair presidential election."

Edison International put an indefinite freeze on contributions to members of congress who voted to overturn election results, as announced by a spokesman for the company.

Perhaps the Disney spokesman said it best. "In the immediate aftermath of that appalling siege, members of Congress had an opportunity to unite, an opportunity that some sadly refused to embrace."

Other corporations suspended ALL donations to all Political Action Committees, and those to politicians, for the next quarter. They include 3M, American Airlines, Boeing, Blackrock, Citigroup, ConocoPhillips, Major League Baseball, Kroger, JPMorganChase, McDonalds, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Pepsico, UPS, Tyson Foods, Valero Energy, and many more.

Coca Cola and others are making very direct, if not overly specific, statements about their donation plans for the future. Coca Cola issued a statement saying, “The current events will long be remembered and will factor into our future contribution decisions.”

The brokerage, Charles Schwab, issued a statement that they were closing down their Political Action Committee, "...in light of a divided political clmate and an increase in attacks on those paricipaitng in the political process."

Deloitte’s statement read, “We have suspended political contributions. We are evaluating all aspects of our political engagement strategy, and we will not support those who work to undermine the rule of law.”

The news outlet, Bloomberg, reports that Hallmark Cards has gone so far as to ask to be paid back the $7,000 it had donated to Josh Hawley of Missouri, and the $5,000 it gave to Roger Marshall of Kansas. Both Hawley and Marshall objected to the certification of the votes by the Electoral College for President-Elect Joe Biden.

Even Ford Motors, whose trucks may very well be the vehicle of choice for some of the demonstrators who attacked the Capitol, stated, “As we have said, events over the past year have underscored the need for a broader, ongoing discussion about other relevant considerations when it comes to our employee PAC. In order to give these important discussions the time and reflection they deserve the Ford PAC will be suspending new contributions for now.”

That’s why Mitch McConnell is reportedly entertaining the idea of voting “yes” to convict during the impeachment Senate trial. Oh, he’s also very likely happy to be rid of a president who has divided the party. He cares more about that division than the division of the nation. However, what matters most to McConnell, in addition to retaining power, is money. Without money in the form of political contributions, he has no way to hang on to power.

He and other Republican members of Congress count on the donations of large corporations to fund their campaigns for office. All 212 of the House of Representatives Republicans are up for re-election in 2022, including the 147 who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. Three of the Republican Senators who voted to overturn the electoral college votes, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, and John Kennedy of Louisiana, are up for re-election.

McConnell now has to set his sights on regaining the Senate in 2022 if he wants his seat of power back. He needs Republicans to win their congressional races. Therefore he needs for them to receive campaign money.

To get that corporation money back, he needs to “do the right thing.” The right thing in this instance is to vote against Trump in the impeachment hearing, as these corporations, including those with a conservative corporate culture, seem to be connecting the dots between Trump, the congressional members who voted to not certify the Electoral College results, and the violent mob that invaded the Capitol.

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My purpose is to inspire and inform. You can read more by me on Medium.com/@carollennox, and on the Good Men Project. I've had a lifetime of valuable experiences, and I want to share the lessons I've learned readily, or been forced to learn. I'm a psychotherapist, a hypnotherapist, a mother to my amazing son, Blake Scott, whom I write about often. I also write about race, equality, social justice, sex, government, and Mindfulness, not in that order.

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