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SportReport: MLB makes max donation to senator following 'public hanging' comments

08:05  25 november  2018
08:05  25 november  2018 Source:   thescore.com

Mississippi senator jokes about 'public hanging'

Mississippi senator jokes about 'public hanging' "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row," Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said.

The senator has defended her remark as "an exaggerated expression of regard" with no negative meaning, but it has been widely linked to Mississippi's 23, following Walmart wants GOP senator to return donation after ‘ public hanging ’ joke. Messing, who stars on “Will & Grace,” pointed out to her

Major League Baseball has joined a long list of donors to ask Cindy Hyde-Smith for their money back after the Republican candidate for US Senate in Mississippi made comments about attending a " public hanging ." MLB wants donation returned after senator ’s ‘ public hanging ’ comments .

Report: MLB makes max donation to senator following 'public hanging' comments© Mike Stobe / Getty Images Sport / Getty

Major League Baseball has made a $5000 donation, the legal maximum, to the campaign of Mississippi senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, according to public PAC contributions obtained by Judd Legum of Popular Information.

Hyde-Smith came under criticism earlier in November when the Republican incumbent thanked the host of a public appearance by saying: "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row."

The comments prompted multiple campaign donors to ask for refunds, according to Legum. Hyde-Smith issued an apology, stating that her comments were simply an "exaggerated expression of regard," and that "any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous," according to Emily Wagster Pettus of TIME.

The official list donation is made under the "Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball PAC," operated by Rob Manfred. Manfred became MLB commissioner prior to the 2015 season, succeeding Bud Selig, who established the PAC in 2002.

The news has prompted some, including West Coast League commissioner and former ESPN columnist Rob Neyer, to cancel his MLB.tv subscription and implore others to do the same.

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The donation to Cindy Hyde-Smith’s campaign came after a lobbyist who works for MLB couldn’t attend a fundraiser for Sen. Mitch McConnell, Yahoo Sports reported.

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