The Boeing Co. Political Action Committee resumed donations to federal candidates and committees in May after a three-month hiatus, including donations to members who opposed certifying the 2020 election results for President Joe Biden.
The aerospace giant joined dozens of other companies on Jan. 13 announcing that they would suspend and review their CAP donations following the Jan. 6 riot by Donald Trump supporters.
But as of May 3, Boeing distributed nearly $ 900,000 to political committees and candidates, according to its latest submission to the Federal Electoral Commission.
Among the incumbent lawmakers who received $ 5,000, the maximum amount a PAC can give by election, were House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, the whip of minorities Steve Scalise of Louisiana , and the representative, Vicky Hartzler, of Missouri. Rep. Jack Bergman, a Michigan Republican who also voted against the certification, got $ 2,500.
The four were among the 147 Republicans who voted against certifying the Electoral College votes for Biden in line with Trump’s false claim that the 2020 election was rigged. Five people died as a result of the crowd that stormed the building.
A Boeing spokesman did not immediately return any emails asking for comments.
The Boeing PAC also donated $ 25,000 to the General Association of Republican Prosecutors. A member of the group, the Rule of Law Fund, helped organize protests on January 6 that preceded the riot, paying for calls urging Trump’s supporters to attend the “Stop the Steal” rally. ”.
The most important donations from the CAP were to the Association of Republican Governors, which raised $ 200,000, and to the Senate and House of Arms of the Democratic and Republican parties, each of which raised $ 105,000, the maximum that a PAC can donate to one party committee per year.
Democratic politicians also got contributions. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn each earned $ 5,000 for their primary campaigns, while Majority Leader Steny Hoyer earned $ 5,000 for his primary career. and $ 5,000 for the general election.
The PAC and Boeing employees were the 77th largest source of contributions to the 2020 election cycle campaign 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 main recipient with $ 790,000. Biden came in second, receiving $ 726,148, followed by Trump, who earned $ 602,962.