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Major businesses are pausing donations to politicians in light of Wednesday's deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol.

Driving the news: Marriott will pause donations from its PAC to "who voted against certification of the election,” a company spokesperson confirmed on Sunday. Citigroup meanwhile will pause all donations from its PAC for the rest of the quarter, according to a company memo obtained by Axios.

  • Be smart: Marriott did not specify how long it will pause donations. But the fact they are doing so underscores how businesses are thinking about Wednesday's events.

Between the lines: Senators like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz may have been auditioning for 2024 presidential runs, but they have alienated some of those who could have helped fund those campaigns, Axios' Alexi McCammond and Dan Primack write.

What they're saying: “We have taken the destructive events at the Capitol to undermine a legitimate and fair election into consideration and will be pausing political giving from our political action committee to those who voted against certification of the election,” a Marriott spokesperson said Sunday.

  • "We want you to be assured that we will not support candidates who do not respect the rule of law," wrote Candi Wolff, Citi's managing director and head of Global Government Affairs, in the company memo.
  • Marriott's pause of political donations was first reported by the newsletter Popular Information, which also notes that the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association will "suspend contributions to those lawmakers who voted to undermine our democracy."

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National Guard asks public to halt donations for Capitol troops

Reps. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) and Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) feed members of the Delaware National Guard on Wednesday. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

Shocking images of members of the National Guard sleeping in the Capitol have prompted donations to make them more comfortable, but authorities are asking the public to curb their generosity.

What they’re saying: “While we appreciate the many offers and people who care about our soldiers and airmen, we are not logistically able to accept donations of any kind," a National Guard spokesperson told Axios.

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Alexey Navalny detained after landing back in Moscow

Navalny and his wife shortly before he was detained. Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was detained upon his return to Moscow on Sunday, which came five months after he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. He returned despite being warned that he would be arrested.

The latest: Navalny was stopped at a customs checkpoint and led away alone by officers. He appeared to hug his wife goodbye, and his spokesman reports that his lawyer was not allowed to accompany him.