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Major Defense Firms Halt All Political Donations in Growing Backlash Against Capitol Riots

A handful of the most powerful U.S. defense contractors have joined a growing corporate backlash against the deadly Jan. 6 pro-Trump U.S. Capitol siege, pausing all political contributions until further notice.

On Monday, aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman was the first of the defense giants to announce a halt on donations from its political action committee or PAC.

Raytheon Technologies, Leidos, and the British BAE Systems followed suit Tuesday. Huntington Ingalls Industries, the nation’s largest shipbuilding company, has also announced that contributions from its employee PAC were put on hold recently for a budget review, and “any governance changes to possibly implement in the new cycle.”

When asked whether the pause is related to the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, Beci Benton, director of corporate affairs for Huntington Ingalls, said via email Wednesday, “I will not go into details.”

In a statement Wednesday, Northrop, which has contracts to develop the Air Force ‘s B-21 Raider long-range bomber and the new intercontinental ballistic missile, called the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, said the company is “pausing political action committee giving and evaluating the way forward.”

Roger Krone, […]

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