Google will stop donating to members of Congress who voted against certifying the US election result

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Sen. Ted Cruz was previously backed by Google. Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Google says it will not donate to members of Congress this cycle who voted against certifying the results of the 2020 US election.

Last week, Google and a host of other leading tech players, including Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft, announced they would suspend donations to politicians who voted against certifying Joe Biden's presidential victory, citing the storming of the US Capitol, which left five people dead.

"After the disturbing events at the Capitol, NetPAC paused all contributions while undertaking a review," a Google representative told Insider.

"Following that review, the NetPAC board has decided that it will not be making any contributions this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certification of the election results."

Google did not immediately respond to a request from Insider for further comment.

Google's political action committee previously donated to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, but the 2016 presidential hopeful has faced a backlash after leading the objection to the Electoral College certification.

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Cruz's own staffers are said to be "disgusted" by his actions, which include peddling election misinformation and sending out a fundraising email while a mob of President Donald Trump's supporters breached the Capitol.

Walmart and Morgan Stanley are among the other household names that have cut off political funding to the 147 GOP lawmakers who voted against certifying the results in one or more states that voted for Biden.

Hallmark went a step further, asking Republican Sens. Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall, who both voted against Biden's certification, to refund its political donations.

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