Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), who is one of the most prominent supporters of pro-Trump conspiracy theories in Congress, has now been dropped by what Vice News identifies as his “biggest” donor. Gosar is a dentist, and that top donor was the American Dental Association, otherwise known as the ADA, but now, that group has decided to suspend contributions to the Arizona Congressman. Overall, the organization has donated more than $75,000 to Gosar.
He’s not the only Trump-aligned member of Congress who’s been undercut financially in the aftermath of the January insurrection, which was fueled by rhetoric like what Gosar and others have pushed. An array of corporate interests — including Toyota, following public backlash — have suspended donations to the 147 Republicans across both chambers of Congress who voted against formally certifying Joe Biden’s election victory in January. For some members of Congress, these suspensions carry significant weight. During the 2018 midterm election cycle, for instance, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) — who voted against certifying Biden’s win — received around $1.68 million from corporate political action committees, which is over 72 percent of the total amount of money that he raised during that period.
Although the statement didn’t identify Gosar by name, the ADA released a statement over the weekend insisting that its participation in the political process “should reflect its values, ideals, and priorities.” As the organization put it:
‘The American Dental Association’s (ADA) core values are at the heart of its mission to help dentists succeed and support the advancement of the health of the public. Among these core values are integrity, diversity and inclusion… The ADA believes participation in the political process should reflect its values, ideals and priorities. The ADA will support those individuals who advance our mission and are in alignment with those ideals, views and priorities.’
An individual affiliated with the ADA confirmed to Vice News that the organization decided to suspend its financial support of Gosar. Meanwhile, at least a couple of the Congressman’s siblings apparently support his removal from Congress over the January insurrection that he helped inspire.