MLB halts political spending following Capitol riot

MLB halts political spending following Capitol riot

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The MLB, led by Commissioner Rob Manfred, above, is the first league to halt political donations. John Raoux, File/AP

Major League Baseball is pausing all political contributions through its PAC in response to the deadly Capitol riot.

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The league announced the move, a first among major professional sports leagues in the wake of the siege, in a statement to the Associated Press.

“In light of the unprecedented events last week at the U.S. Capitol, MLB is suspending contributions from its Political Action Committee pending a review of our political contribution policy going forward,” the league told the news service.

Since the 2016 election cycle, the league’s PAC — the Office of The Commissioner of Major League Baseball Political Action Committee — has donated $669,375 to House and Senate candidates, according to The Center for Responsive Politics.

Just over 52 percent of the PAC’s donations were dished out to GOP candidates.

The National Football League told

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