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WASHINGTON: Ford Motor will resume political donations and will not rule out donations to lawmakers who voted Jan.6 against certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory, according to a letter from Ford seen by Reuters.

The No.2 U.S. automaker was among many companies that suspended political donations earlier this year pending review, including some that chose to stop all donations to the 147 members of the House and Senate who have voted against certification from Biden, including Walmart Inc, Marriott Inc, AT&T, Amazon.com, Comcast and American Express.

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In the letter seen by Reuters, Ford said its Political Action Committee (PAC) was resuming donations to lawmakers as of April 1 and had chosen not to impose a blanket ban on Republican lawmakers who voted against certification.

Five people died when supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the Capitol on January 6 to prevent the US Congress from certifying Biden’s victory. Trump had urged them to protest the November 3 election results, which he said was falsely rigged.

Microsoft Corp said in February that its PAC would suspend all donations until 2022 to 147 lawmakers who voted against certification, as well as contributions during the same period for state officials and organizations that have suggested that the election be annulled.

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Alphabet’s Google PACs and General Electric Co have also suspended donations until 2022, while Dow has said it will extend its suspension for senators voting against certification for up to six years.

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It was not immediately clear whether any of these other companies had canceled those plans.

In the letter to company employees donating to his PAC, government relations director Mitch Bainwol said Ford would reinforce the principles he used to support candidates “by adding a new principle related to” service. public and integrity “”.

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Bainwol added that the candidates Ford supports must “demonstrate public service consistent with building trust and act with competence, integrity and serve others.”

Ford has pointed this out, and the industry “is going through a period of massive disruption deeply linked to policy issues. Participation in the political process has been a constant throughout our 118-year history and is at the heart of global priorities of Ford in a competitive world. Voice. ”

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