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Ford Temporarily Suspends Political Donations In Wake Of Capitol Incident

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Last week, things got ugly at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. when a large group of protestors gained access to the Capitol while members of the U.S. Congress were meeting to certify the electoral votes that would officially make Joe Biden the President-elect. As a result, a total of five people have died, and these events have caused a number of major companies to rethink their stance on political donations altogether – including Ford Motor Company.

However, while many organizations – like Walmart, Dow, and Mariott, to name a few – are only suspending political donations to any member of Congress who voted to object the results presented by the Electoral College, others, including Ford, are temporarily suspending donations altogether. During the 2020 cycle, the automaker contributed a total of $2.6 million in political donations.

“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,”  Ford spokeswoman Rachel McCleery said in a statement. “In order to give these important discussions the time and reflection they deserve, the Ford PAC will be suspending new contributions for now.”

In contrast, General Motors, which contributed $3.5 million to political campaigns in the 2020 cycle, has not yet made any decisions on 2021 PAC spending, but said that its future contributions “will be evaluated to ensure candidates align with our core values.” Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) does not have a PAC and does not make political contributions.

The Capitol fallout promises to have both a major, multi-million dollar short- and long-term effect on political donations, but it remains to be seen just how each party will be affected.

We’ll have more on this as soon as it’s available, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford business news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

 

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Comments

  1. 2.7EcoBoost

    Corporations shouldn’t be allowed to spend millions of tax deductible dollars on politics. It’s one of the core reasons we’re where we are at with politicians serving big donors and their agenda, not the middle class. Also sad that no company had the guts to denounce the violence and destruction all summer or suspend donations to politicians calling for “unrest in the streets” etc. Political correctness and double standards run rampant and business is afraid to cross big tech and feel their rath.

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    1. Ken McLaughlin

      I absolutely agree with you !

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    2. Roy Chile’s

      AGREED

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    3. Andrew

      THIS!

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    4. Shawn Willmott

      Yes!!

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  2. fpvfan

    Like governments, car companies need to focus on what should be the most important asset they have, “We, the people.” Support comes from us, not outside interests so we should be the most important thing to them. It’s our hard earned dollars that go to them, Not the government. And it’s time to start focusing on the middle-low class. The class that needs cars the most. What happened to nice cars being affordable. That was the great thing about companies like Mercury, Pontiac and Plymouth. Car like the Cougar Eliminator, the Cyclone Spoiler, the Marauder X100, the GTO, the Grand Prix, the Grand Am, the Firebird Trans Am, the Bonneville, the Plymouth Cuda, Plymouth Satellite GTX and Roadrunner, We need cars like this back. Cars that were practical, fun, and well appointed. This is what happens when car companies, like government, cut out their middle class, you have chaos because there is no balance. You want things to go back to being the way they should be and start bringing back revenue? Bring back the middle class and middle class cars.

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  3. Shamus

    Companies shouldn’t be able to do this in general. I do not want their agenda to affect who I voted for or not. I do not care about their opinion and they especially don’t care about yours and mine. I have noticed that in some of the poorest areas of the country it usually follows by a corrupt politician who has taken millions from corporations. Take Detroit for example. Once you get out of Downtown and other areas of the big automakers it looks like a complete war zone. It’s the same with Flint Michigan. GM provided jobs and just like that, they took them away and left the place in ruins. The Governor could’ve easily prevented it but he failed and now he’s out of office. That is the result of hundreds of corrupt politicians and the companies supporting them. They’re not going to make it illegal just like political spam calls. They made it illegal for everyone else but themselves. As long as it benefits them they’re not going to stop it. Except for a few, they’re all corrupt thieves who steal from the American people.

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  4. David O'Malley

    Until yesterday, I was in the market for a 2020 fusion, not any more. Ford is way out of line for taking this stance and out of touch with the majority of its clientele. The obvious corruption with the mail in ballots and liberal bias in the media was the main instigator, not the president. I am now in the market for a 2021 Toyota

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    1. Elmer Fudd

      I couldn’t agree more. I have a driveway full of Fords and this is very disappointing, looks like I’ll be shopping elsewhere. This worse than when John Deere endorsed Hillary Clinton for me.

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  5. Dave

    Until yesterday, I was in the market for a 2020 fusion, not any more. Ford is way out of line for taking this stance and out of touch with the majority of its clientele. The obvious corruption with the mail in ballots and liberal bias in the media was the main instigator, not the president. I am now in the market for a 2021 Toyota

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