Microsoft halts donations through 2022 to lawmakers who opposed Biden certification

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By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said on Friday it will suspend all donations by its political action committee (PAC) through 2022 to all U.S. lawmakers who voted to object to the certification of Joe Biden’s election as president.
The software maker will also suspend contributions through the same period for state officials and organizations who supported objections or suggested the election should be overturned.
Microsoft said it “will promote and join a conversation with other businesses and organizations that want to strengthen democracy. Recent events have raised issues of importance to PACs across the business community.”
Microsoft President Brad Smith told employees on Jan. 21 that over the last four years 20% of its PAC donations “had gone to members who voted against the Electoral College.”

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