Hallmark Cards Inc. and the parent of Commerce Bank are speaking out against elected officials who fought against certification of Joe Biden’s election as president in a language politicians understand — money.
Commerce Bancshares Inc. has cut its support for elected officials who have worked to throw up roadblocks to the transition in power from President Donald Trump to President-elect Biden.
“Hallmark believes the peaceful transition of power is part of the bedrock of our democratic system, and we abhor violence of any kind,” the company said in a statement. “The recent actions of Senators Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall do not reflect our company’s values. As a result, HALLPAC requested Sens. Hawley and Marshall to return all HALLPAC campaign contributions.
Hallmark’s PAC donated $3,000 to Hawley and $5,000 to Marshall in the 2019-20 period, and $2,000 to Marshall (then in the U.S. House of Representatives) in 2018, according to OpenSecrets.org.