Daines had planned to join a dozen Senate Republicans in challenging Arizona’s election results. Taking up each state’s electoral votes alphabetically, the Senate was to take up Arizona early, but then the deadly riot forced lawmakers and former Vice President Mike Pence to evacuate. After the riot, Daines reversed course, siding with a bipartisan majority in certifying the election. Montana’s U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale stayed on course voting to overturn the election results of two states.
Rosendale didn’t receive contributions from the big businesses now reassessing who to support. As analyst Brendan Glavin of the Campaign Finance Institute confirmed Thursday, non-incumbent candidates, without as much as a committee assignment identifying where their focus will be, really don’t receive contributions from big businesses.
What big donors say they’re doing is unprecedented, Glavin said. But, it won’t be known for months, most likely not until year’s end with another election year on the horizon, whether those donors truly follow through.
The following donors have confirmed they will be reconsidering campaign donations based on the events of Jan. 6. Several were first identified by Popular Information, an independent journalism newsletter, which contacted 144 companies:
• Blue Cross Blue Shield, which donated $15,000 to Daines through a political action committee in the 2020 election cycle, announced Jan. 8 that it would “suspend contributions to those lawmakers who voted to undermine our democracy.”