NEW YORK – Major League Baseball announced the suspension of all political contributions in the wake of the invasion of the United States Capitol last week by a mob loyal to President Donald Trump, joining a wave of large corporations reconsidering their efforts to lobby to Washington.
“In light of the unprecedented events of last week at the US Capitol, MLB is suspending contributions from its Political Action Committee pending a review of our political contribution policy in the future,” he said the league in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday.
After last week’s insurrection by Trump supporters as Congress tried 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 the president-elect’s victory. Joe Biden. Others, like MLB, have postponed political giving to both political parties altogether.
MLB is the first of the major professional sports leagues to say it would alter its lobbying strategy in the wake of the deadly riots on Capitol Hill.
The Political Action Committee of the Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Office has donated $ 669,375 to Senate and House candidates since the 2016 election cycle, with 52.4% of that money going to Republican candidates. según The Center for Responsive Politics.
Among his lobbying successes is a bill in 2018 that exempted minor league baseball players making just $ 5,500 per season from federal minimum wage laws, anticipating a three-player lawsuit filed four years earlier. The “Save America’s Pastime Act” appeared on page 1,967 of a $ 1.3 trillion spending bill.
Since the 2016 election cycle, MLB has made contributions to two senators and nine representatives who were among those who opposed Biden’s certification of victory.
Senate Republicans are Ted Cruz (Texas) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (Mississippi), and House Republicans are 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).