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AP Exclusive: MLB suspends political donations after DC riot

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Posted at 6:20 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 18:21:13-05

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is suspending all political contributions in the wake of last week's invasion of the U.S. Capitol by a mob loyal to President Donald Trump.

Following the insurrection last week by Trump supporters while Congress attempted to certify the results of the presidential election, many companies have said they will avoid making donations to members of the House and Senate who voted to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory over Trump.

MLB is the first of the major professional sports leagues to say it would suspend donating in the aftermath of the deadly riots, The Associated Press reported.

Others, like MLB, have postponed political giving to both political parties altogether.

MLB has donated $669,375 to Senate and House candidates since the 2016 election cycle, with 52.4% of that money going to Republican candidates, according to The Center for Responsive Politics.

Since 2016, MLB has made contributions to GOP Senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (Mississippi), as well as House Republicans Roger Williams (Texas), Kevin McCarthy (California), David Schweikert (Arizona), Steve Chabot (Ohio), Markwayne Mullin (Oklahoma), Adrian Smith (Nebraska), Michael Burgess (Texas), Rick Crawford (Arkansas) and Elise Stefanik (New York), The AP reported.

According to The AP, the above lawmakers opposed certifying Biden's victory.

The NFL told The AP that it is re-evaluating its political giving policies through their Gridiron Political Action Committee.

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