Massive health care company Aetna requested a refund of campaign contributions it gave to Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) on Thursday due to her comments about a “public hanging” and voter suppression.
In a tweet, the company said it would redirect the money to organizations working to “fight racism” in America.
We’ve requested that Cindy Hyde-Smith refund our contribution to her Senate campaign following recent remarks that are highly offensive and simply unacceptable. We’ll redirect those funds to groups working to fight racism in our country.
— Aetna News (@AetnaNews) November 22, 2018
ThinkProgress founder Judd Legum reported that the $2,500 Aetna donation was disclosed to the FEC on Wednesday, November 21, well after Hyde-Smith made her widely-condemned comments, though the official records have not yet been updated to reflect the most recent monetary influx.
Aetna joins other corporations, including Walmart, in pulling support from Hyde-Smith before her surprisingly competitive runoff election against Democrat Mike Espy on November 27.