Tranquillizer giant Pfizer on Wednesday became the sixth big company to request a refund of its rivalry contribution to Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in light of the Mississippi Republican’s controversial “mockery” comments about attending a hanging and favoring voter suppression.
But ex-Facebook President Sean Parker is not beg for the return of his money backing the election of Hyde-Smith to a full term during the course of Democratic challenger Mike Espy, even as Parker condemned her comments.
“We reprove racism and bigotry in all its forms,” Pfizer told CNBC. “We are withdrawing our support and bear requested a full refund of our contributions.”
Pfizer had contributed a total of $5,000 to Hyde-Smith in two provisions, one in June, the other in September.
Pfizer joins Walmart, AT&T, Boston Thorough, Union Pacific, and Leidos in asking for campaign contributions to be returned.
Later Wednesday, California-based biotechnology presence Amgen told CNBC that it is also requesting a refund of its struggle contributions to Hyde-Smith. The company had donated at least $2,000 to Hyde-Smith’s Senate action, according to a Nov. 1 Federal Election Commission filing.
“Amgen is carry out pledged to a culture of diversity and inclusion. We believe that an environment of diversity and counting fosters innovation, which drives our ability to serve patients,” an Amgen spokeswoman said in an email to CNBC.
Amgen’s apply for brought the total number of companies seeking refunds from Hyde-Smith to seven.
The corporate move houses came just days after the news site Popular Intelligence highlighted Hyde-Smith’s corporate support.
Hyde-Smith faces a runoff choice against Espy, a former Mississippi congressman and U.S. Agriculture secretary, who is looking to turn the first black senator from the state since the Reconstruction span after the Civil War.
As a rule, a Republican such as Hyde-Smith, who was appointed in Tread to replace ailing Sen. Thad Cochran, would be expected to skate to designation in Mississippi.
But this year, Hyde-Smith’s comments — and Facebook feed — get made the race closer to a toss-up. Both have been foreseen by many people as echoes of Mississippi’s past as a bastion of slavery and of control of black voting rights.
Earlier this month it was revealed that she quipped to a national supporter at an event that “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”
On Tuesday shades of night, in a debate with Espy, Hyde-Smith said, “This comment was twisted, was spelled into a weapon to be used against me.”
She said that if anyone was hurt by the remark, “I certainly apologize.”
Espy told her: “No one twisted your reactions.”
“”They came out of your mouth. I don’t know what’s in your guts — but we all know what came out of your mouth. … It’s caused our state misfortune. It’s given our state another black eye that we don’t need,” Espy bring to light.
Last week, another video surfaced in which Hyde-Smith was agreed saying it might be “a great idea” to make it more difficult for some people to ballot. She had mentioned “liberals” right before making that comment, which her spokeswoman commanded was done in jest.
On Tuesday, a photo Hyde-Smith posted on Facebook in 2014 resurfaced, proving her wearing a Confederate army cap and holding a rifle during her visit to Beauvoir, the presidential library and museum of Jefferson Davis, who led the South during the Civilian War.
The photo caption written by Hyde-Smith said in part, “Mississippi rsum at its best!”
Later Tuesday, The Daily Beast reported that Parker, the late Facebook president and Napster founder, had donated at least $250,000 to the Mississippi Crushing Fund, a group supporting Hyde-Smith.
Parker’s spokesman told The Day after day Beast that the contribution was specifically made earlier this year to check Chris McDaniel, a Republican tied to the neo-Confederate movement, who was seeing to unseat Hyde-Smith. After all, leftover money from Parker is being used to help Hyde-Smith failure Espy, and Parker is not asking for his donation to be refunded despite the senator’s just out comments.
“Mr. Parker doesn’t know Cindy Hyde-Smith and finds her gift of the gab reprehensible,” the spokesman told the site. “His contribution from early this year was a continuation of the attempt to defeat McDaniel.”
CNBC revealed Tuesday that another high-profile backer to Hyde-Smith was Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of private equity giant Blackstone Class.
Blackstone had no comment when asked if Schwarzman would ask for his donation traitorously.