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Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama., speaks Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, at a rally in support of President Donald Trump called the "Save America Rally." (AP PHOTO/JACQUELYN MARTIN)

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SPLC calls on Mo Brooks’s donors to cease their support

The president of the SPLC Action Fund said that “without funding, politicians like Mo Brooks are virtually powerless.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund is calling on companies and groups that have donated to Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, to stop giving him money and to ask that recent donations be returned because of his role in the siege of the Capitol.

Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon are among 64 corporations, trade groups and political action committees that gave $1,000 or more to Brooks in 2019-2020.

Margaret Huang, president and CEO of the SPLC Action Fund, said in a statement that Brooks helped to incite the attack, which she called a coup attempt, and continues to undermine democracy by pushing the baseless claim that the presidential election was stolen.

“Any companies that continue to provide him with financial support are giving tacit backing to insurrection and treason,” Huang said.

She noted that Brooks was the first member of Congress to announce that he would object to the certification of electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden. She said that Brooks used inflammatory rhetoric to incite the crowd that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, leaving five people dead, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.

“Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass,” Brooks yelled into a microphone before the assault.

The next day, Brooks told an Alabama conservative talk radio host that he had no regrets over his speech prior to the violence, according to The Intercept, telling the host that there was “mounting evidence of fascist antifa’s involvement in all of this.” 

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The FBI has said that there was no evidence of antifa aiding pro-Trump rioters. 

A resolution to censure Brooks was filed on Jan. 11 by two of his Democratic colleagues in the House, New Jersey Congressman Tom Malinowski and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Huang said that Brooks’s failure to accept responsibility for his actions and his decision to keep repeating false claims about the election endangers the future of the nation’s democracy. 

Her organization will make the same demand of donors to other members of Congress as more is learned about what happened and what roles were played by elected officials, she said.

“The leaders of corporate America, like all people of conscience, need to use every possible tool available to squash the growing attempt to undermine our democratic system by inciting the threat of insurrection,” she said. “Companies hold enormous leverage in this respect — without funding, politicians like Mo Brooks are virtually powerless.”

The full list of donors named by the SPLC Action Fund is as follows:

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists Political Action Committee
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation Employees’ Political Action Committee
  • The Boeing Company Political Action Committee
  • Alabama Power Co Employees Federal Political Action Cmte (APC Employees Federal PAC)
  • Employees of Northrop Grumman Corporation PAC
  • Southeast Cotton Committee (SECC) Southern Cottongrowers Inc/SE Cotton Ginners Association
  • National Beer Wholesalers Association Political Action Committee
  • Regions Financial Corporation Political Action Committee
  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC/PAC)
  • Poarch Band of Creek Indians
  • Nucor Corporation Political Action Committee
  • Torch Technologies Inc Political Action Committee
  • Associated Builders and Contractors Inc
  • Maynard Cooper & Gale PC Pac
  • Balch and Bingham LLP Federal Political Committee
  • National Apartment Association Political Action Committee
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Political Action Committee
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama PAC
  • National Automobile Dealers Association Political Action Committee
  • Radiance Technologies Inc. Political Action Committee
  • Jacobs Good Government Fund of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
  • Blue Origin LLC Political Action Committee (Blue Origin PAC)
  • National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Political Action Committee
  • National Association of Realtors
  • Westrock Political Action Committee
  • Bae Systems Inc. Political Action Committee (Bae Systems USA PAC)
  • Toyota Motor North America Inc PAC Aka Toyota/Lexus PAC
  • Comcast Corporation & Nbcuniversal Political Action Committee – Federal
  • Austal Usa LLC Federal PAC
  • National Council of Textile Organizations Inc Political Action Committee
  • Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Political Action Committee (Asrc Pac)
  • General Electric Company Political Action Committee (Gepac)
  • Publix Super Markets, Inc. Associates Political Action Committee
  • Aerojet & Gencorp PAC
  • Perspecta Inc. Political Action Committee (a.k.a. ‘perspecta Pac’)
  • American College of Cardiology Political Action Committee
  • Bradley Arant Boult Cummings Llp Federal Political Action Committee
  • Centrus Energy Corp. Pac
  • Independent Community Bankers of America Political Action Committee
  • Science Applications International Corporation Voluntary Political Action Committee
  • National Association of Realtors Political Action Committee
  • Hexcel Corporation Political Action Committee
  • Garverpac
  • 3m Company PAC
  • National Cotton Council of America Committee for the Advancement of Cotton
  • Huntington Ingalls Industries Political Action Committee (Shippac)
  • Committee for/adv of Se Cotton (Casc) Southern Cottongrowers Inc/se Cotton Ginners Assn
  • Action Committee For Rural Electrification. (Acre) National Rural Electric Cooperative
  • Raytheon Company Political Action Committee
  • Allied Pilots Association Political Action Committee
  • Fraternity & Sorority Political Action Committee
  • American Dental Association Political Action Committee
  • Bwx Technologies, Inc Political Action Committee
  • Hogan Lovells Political Action Committee
  • National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund
  • Jm Family Enterprises, Inc. PAC
  • Kbr, Inc. PAC
  • Saic, Inc. Voluntary Political Action Committee
  • Aflac Pac
  • Drs Technologies Inc. Good Government Fund
  • Fluor Corporation Political Action Committee (Fluor PAC)
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc PAC
  • Karem Aircraft Inc. Federal PAC
  • Peopletec, Inc. Political Action Committee (Peopletec PAC)

Update: A previous version of this story included Redstone Federal Credit Union on the donor list. The money was interest earned by Brooks’s campaign accounts, not a campaign donation, the credit union confirmed.

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Micah Danney
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Micah Danney is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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