JetBlue Has Passengers Seeing Red Over Donation to Election Objector
JetBlue has ended its corporate policy to end a pause in PAC contributions following the January 6th Capitol insurrection and disclosed giving to one of the Republican lawmakers objecting to the Electoral College vote count.
A $1,000 contribution from the airline’s corporate political action committee to Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York was listed in the report filed with the Federal Election Commission on April 5. Malliotakis was among nearly 150 lawmakers who objected to the Electoral College vote certification on January 6th.
No other corporate PAC that announced a pause is believed to have reported a donation directly to a lawmaker who objected to the certification of President Joe Biden’s election.
— Nancy Levine (@nancylevine) April 8, 2021
When it announced the pause in January, JetBlue officials said the PAC made the decision to review the political landscape and hear from its employee contributors. The disclosure is a sign that at least some companies are having second thoughts after promising to review their PAC giving following the riot by pro-Trump demonstrators that sought to interrupt the presidential vote certification. Other companies that paused their giving have already reported giving to leadership PACs or Republican Party committees that support vote objectors. Some current PAC giving won’t be disclosed to the FEC for weeks or months.
Every other airline lined up against the insurrection — they took the opportunity they saw. It was a stupid, stupid decision on the part of @jetblue and I suspect they already know it.
They also pay their pilots about half what the average US pilot earns, so… fly with caution.
— Joshua Lander (@lander) April 8, 2021
Republican lawmakers and others have complained that companies are being pressured not to support the GOP. They note that PAC contributions to candidates come from employees, not the corporate treasury. But it still reflects on the company itself when word leaks to social media that an election objector was given $1,000.
Gross. Stopping donations for a whopping 3 months and then hoping no one notices when you quietly support the same people who helped subvert a free and fair election. This is how you lose a customer for life, @JetBlue. https://t.co/IQkNAGQjSE
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) April 8, 2021
At least 145 corporate, industry group and law firm PACs announced after January 6th that they would be reevaluating their PAC contributions in the wake of the insurrection on the Capitol, including nearly 100 that said they would be suspending all political giving for a period of time.