Loews Hotels said Saturday there would be no fundraiser with Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri. This is the latest indication that many companies are distancing themselves from Republicans who voted to reject the election results.
Fighting for Missouri, a political action committee affiliated with Mr. Hawley, had planned to hold a “fun, family-friendly Orlando weekend event” with the Senator at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Florida from February 12th until February 15th after one Invitation for the event. Tickets sold for $ 1,000 to $ 5,000, depending on group size.
But Loews said the fundraiser was canceled after the deadly Capitol riot that many Democrats and Republicans have blamed in part on Mr Hawley and other members of his party who supported President Trump’s efforts to stop the certification of Joseph R. Biden Jr ..
“We are horrified and against the events in the Capitol and against everyone who supported and instigated the actions,” said the company on twitter. “In light of these events, and for the safety of our guests and team members, we informed the fundraiser host in February that it will no longer take place at Loews Hotels.”
Mr. Hawley harshly criticized Loews’ decision, which was founded in 1960 and is owned or operated 26 properties in the United States and Canada.
“If these companies don’t want conservatives to speak, they should just be honest,” he said in a statement. “But equating a debate on the floor of the Senate with incitement to violence is a lie and dangerous. I will not let myself be deterred from representing my constituents and I will not bow to pressure from left-wing companies.”
Mr. Hawley persisted in his election results challenge even after the mob was evicted from the Capitol this month, forcing the House and Senate to have a two-hour debate on the Pennsylvania election votes, despite never having brought any specific charge of misconduct .
Loews’ rejection came after Simon & Schuster announced they would cancel the publication of an upcoming book by Mr. Hawley, “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” which was due to be published in June.
Simon & Schuster said it made the decision because “we take our greater public responsibility seriously as a citizen and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in a dangerous threat. “
Mr. Hawley had said the cancellation “couldn’t be more Orwellian,” adding, “See you in court.”
In the past few days, numerous companies have suspended donations to some Republicans who voted to block the certification of electoral college results.
Morgan Stanley said it was suspending all PAC contributions to members of the Congress who did not vote to confirm the results. Marriott said it would “pause” donations from its PAC to those who voted against confirming the election. And chemical company Dow said it was suspending all PAC dues “for any member of Congress who voted against certification of the presidential election.”