Major League Baseball wants its money back, after a recent $5,000 donation to Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) was revealed.
Popular Information’s Judd Legum, who founded ThinkProgress, spotted the maximum allowed donation to Hyde-Smith from Major League Baseball’s (MLB) PAC in an FEC filing on Saturday.
On Sunday, an MLB spokesperson claimed “the contribution was made in connection with an event that MLB lobbyists were asked to attend.”
From MLB spokesperson, about the $5,000 donation to Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith: "The contribution was made in connection with an event that MLB lobbyists were asked to attend. MLB has requested that the contribution be returned."
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 25, 2018
Corporations like AT&T, Walmart, and Aetna are fleeing the Mississippi Republican after recent reports that she joked about lynching at a campaign event, was caught advocating for voter suppression, has a long history of supporting the Confederacy, sent her daughter to a school created to bypass integration laws and allow white parents to avoid sending their children to the same schools as Black children, and praised an imaginary GOP senator during a disastrous debate.
Despite all of this, President Donald Trump has endorsed Hyde-Smith and called her an “outstanding person.”
I will be in Gulfport and Tupelo, Mississippi, on Monday night doing two Rallies for Senator Hyde-Smith, who has a very important Election on Tuesday. She is an outstanding person who is strong on the Border, Crime, Military, our great Vets, Healthcare & the 2nd A. Needed in D.C.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2018
Hyde-Smith faces former Rep. and Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy (D) in Tuesday’s runoff election.