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Companies Say They're Still Waiting For Refunds From Cindy Hyde-Smith

At least two companies say they're still waiting for Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith to refund the contributions they made to her campaign.
Posted at 8:19 PM, Dec 27, 2018

More than a month after she won re-election, some major companies say they're still waiting for refunds from Mississippi senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Some companies, including Walmart and Google, demanded refunds of the donations they made to her campaign after it was revealed she'd made controversial comments.

In mid-November, a video was published that showed Hyde-Smith telling a supporter she'd be in the "front row" of a "public hanging" if she were invited to one.

It's unclear if Hyde-Smith has refunded either Walmart or Google their reported donations of $2,000 and $5,000. According to a recent campaign filing with the Federal Elections Commission, the GOP senator has returned some contributions, including about $5,400 to the owner of the San Francisco Giants and his wife. Three political action committees, or PACs, also got their money back.

But on Thursday, CNN reported insurance company Aetna and medical device maker Boston Scientific, which each donated $2,500, still hadn't received their refunds. 

Hyde-Smith beat Democrat Mike Espy during a runoff election on Nov. 27. They were competing to finish out Sen. Thad Cochran's term after he retired.

She's expected to be on the ballot again in 2020 to seek a full, six-year term.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN