Health Care Giant Aetna Requests Refund Of Donation To Hyde-Smith Campaign

UNITED STATES - APRIL 9: Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., attends her swearing-in ceremony the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber after being sworn in on the Senate floor on April 9, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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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.

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.

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