Hallmark Cards asked two GOP senators to return campaign donations on Monday following the violent riot that overtook the U.S. Capitol last week.
The company’s political action committee, HALLPAC, sent notices to Sens. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyThe Memo: GOP and nation grapple with what comes next Trump orders flags to half-staff in honor of Capitol Police officers Marriott to cut off donations to Republicans who opposed Electoral College count after riot MORE (R-Mo.) and Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results The Hill’s Morning Report – A dark day as Trump embraces ‘special’ rioters Congress rejects challenge to Arizona’s presidential vote MORE (R-Kan.) requesting the return of $7,000 and $5,000 in donations made to the two senators respectively during their most recent runs for office, according to a Hallmark spokesperson.
“Hallmark believes the peaceful transition of power is part of the bedrock of our democratic system, and we abhor violence of any kind,” Hallmark spokeswoman JiaoJiao Shen told The Kansas City Star. “The recent actions of Senators Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall do not reflect our company’s values. As a result, HALLPAC requested Sens. Hawley and Marshall to return all HALLPAC campaign contributions.”
Both senators voted to sustain objections against the certification of the Electoral College results in Arizona and Pennsylvania following Wednesday’s riot, which resulted in five deaths and left lawmakers in both parties hiding in secure areas for hours in fear for their safety.
Allies of President TrumpDonald TrumpOutgoing Capitol Police chief accuses House, Senate security officials of hindering efforts to call in National Guard: WaPo PGA announces plans to move 2022 championship from Trump property Former Democratic senator: Biden Justice Department may investigate Jan. 6 rally speakers for incitement MORE, including the two senators, have supported conspiracy theories about the results of statewide presidential election results in several states lost by Trump to President-elect Biden in the November elections; those claims resulted in last Wednesday’s violence at the Capitol during which supporters of the president demanded that other lawmakers support the objections to the certification.
Some Democrats led by Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) in the House have called for senators and members of Congress who supported the challenge to Biden’s victory to be expelled from Congress as a result of the violence.