Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and others pause political contributions after U.S. Capitol riot

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Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, October 23, 2019.

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Facebook on Monday announced that it will pause its contributions to political action committees in the wake of the invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday by insurgents incited by President Donald Trump.

“Following last week’s awful violence in D.C., we are pausing all of our PAC contributions for at least the current quarter, while we review our policies,” a spokesman for the company said in a statement.

Axios first reported Facebook’s plans to halt political donations.

Facebook is the latest company to take a stance like this. It joins a list that includes Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.

Although Facebook has donated to both Republican and Democratic candidates in recent years, the company does not appear to have contributed to any members of Congress who opposed the Electoral College certification of President-elect Joe Biden.

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