As of May 3, Boeing distributed nearly $ 900,000 to political committees and candidates, including four of 147 Republicans who voted against US President Joe Biden’s certification of victory.
Boeing Co.’s political action committee resumed donations to federal candidates and committees in May after a three-month hiatus, including donations to members who opposed certification of the 2020 election results for president Joe Biden.
The aerospace giant joined dozens of other companies on January 13 to announce that they would suspend and revise their donations to the PAC following the January 6 riot by supporters of Donald Trump.
But as of May 3, Boeing distributed nearly $ 900,000 to political committees and candidates, according to its latest file with the Federal Election Commission.
Among the sitting lawmakers who received $ 5,000, the maximum amount a PAC can give per election, were Parliamentary Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Representative Vicky Hartzler of Missouri. Rep. Jack Bergman, a Michigan Republican who also voted against certification, received $ 2,500.
All four were among 147 Republicans who voted against certification of Electoral College votes for Biden, in line with Trump’s false claim that the 2020 election was rigged. Five people were killed as a result of the crowd storming the building.
A Boeing spokesperson did not immediately return an email requesting comment.
Boeing’s PAC also donated $ 25,000 to the Republican Attorneys General Association. An affiliate of the group, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, helped organize protests on January 6 leading up to the riot, by paying robocalls urging Trump supporters to attend the “Stop the Steal” rally.
The largest PAC donations went to the Republican Governors Association, which received $ 200,000, and the Senate and House arms of the Democratic and Republican parties, each receiving $ 105,000 – the maximum a PAC can. give to one party committee per year.
Democratic politicians have also received contributions. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn each received $ 5,000 for their primary campaigns, while Majority Leader Steny Hoyer received $ 5,000 for his main race and $ 5,000 for general elections.
The PAC and Boeing employees were the 77th largest source of campaign contributions in the 2020 election cycle according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which studies political donations. The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, was the largest recipient with $ 790,000. Biden was second, receiving $ 726,148, followed by Trump, who received $ 602,962.