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A growing number of prominent institutions have taken actions against President Trump and his associates since the deadly rampage at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday by the president’s supporters.

Two universities stripped him of honorary degrees, major banks paused political contributions, and the P.G.A. of America said it would no longer hold the P.G.A. Championship at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., which had been scheduled for May 2022.

Here is a list of entities that have severed ties with Mr. Trump or distanced themselves from the president and in some cases, Republican politicians who supported his efforts to overturn the election. Many were identified by the newsletter Popular Information.

The moves came after Twitter last week banned Mr. Trump from its platform, along with moves by Facebook, Snapchat, Twitch to place restrictions on his usage.

Facebook said it was pausing political spending and would reassess their policies in the wake of last week’s storming of the Capitol. Google said it was doing the same, Reuters reported.

For Facebook, the announcement came four days after the company banned Mr. Trump from posting on its platform at least through the end of his term — after years of defending its hands-off approach.

The online payment platform Stripe will no longer process payments for Mr. Trump’s campaign website, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter, said the e-commerce company had cited violations of its user policy, which bars users from promoting violence on its platform.

Shopify, the company that powers e-commerce sites for more than one million merchants, said on Thursday that it had closed two online stores tied to Mr. Trump, including those run by the Trump Organization and the Trump campaign.

And several digital platforms — including Snapchat, YouTube, Twitch, Reddit and Twitter — also recently limited or suspended Mr. Trump on their services. The social app Parler, popular among conservatives as an alternative to Twitter, went dark Monday morning after Amazon cut it off from its computing services.

The P.G.A. of America announced on Sunday night that its board of directors had voted to terminate an agreement to play the P.G.A. Championship — one of golf’s four prestigious global major men’s championships — at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., in 2022.

“It has become clear that conducting the P.G.A. Championship at Trump Bedminster would be detrimental to the P.G.A. of America brand, and would put at risk the P.G.A.’s ability to deliver our many programs, and sustain the longevity of our mission,” Jim Richerson, president of the P.G.A. of America, said in a video statement.

The Trump Organization said it was disappointed with the P.G.A.’s decision. “This is a breach of a binding contract, and they have no right to terminate the agreement.”

Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is at risk of being expelled from the New York State Bar Association, the organization said in a statement on Monday.

The association said it has received hundreds of complaints about Mr. Giuliani’s support for Mr. Trump’s false claims of widespread election fraud. Last week, Mr. Giuliani called for a “trial by combat” in a speech in Washington just hours before the Capitol was stormed.

“Mr. Giuliani’s words quite clearly were intended to encourage Trump supporters, unhappy with the election’s outcome, to take matters into their own hands,” the association said.

The association’s bylaws forbid members from, among other things, advocating “the overthrow of the government.”

It has started an inquiry to determine whether Mr. Giuliani should be removed from its membership. Mr. Giuliani, who did not respond to a request for comment, would still be allowed to practice law if he lost his membership in the voluntary association.

Four of the country’s largest banks said they would temporarily stop sending donations from their political action committees.

Citigroup, which gave $1,000 in 2019 to the campaign of Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, one of the senators who voted against the certification of the Electoral College results, said it had postponed all campaign contributions until March.

“We want you to be assured that we will not support candidates who do not respect the rule of law,” Candi Wolff, the bank’s head of government affairs, wrote in an internal memo.

JPMorgan Chase said it was halting donations through its PAC for six months, and Goldman Sachs said it was halting donations through its PAC and will conduct “a thorough assessment of how people acted during this period,” a spokesman, Jake Siewert, told DealBook.

Morgan Stanley said it suspended contributions to members of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the election, but has not suspended contributions across the board.

Visa last week temporarily suspended all its political donations through its PAC as it reviews its candidate contribution guidelines, a spokesman said. American Express and Mastercard said they would no longer give political contributions to politicians who had tried to block the certification of the election results.

“Last week’s attempts by some congressional members to subvert the presidential election results and disrupt the peaceful transition of power do not align with our American Express Blue Box values,” Stephen J. Squeri, the American Express chief executive, wrote in a memo to staff on Monday.

Big businesses donate to both political parties, with many saying their support is tied to narrow issues of specific interest to their industries. The following have said they are adjusting their giving practices in light of last week’s storming of the Capitol.

AT&T, Amazon, Comcast, The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Marriott International also said they had suspended contributions to members of Congress who voted against the certification of Electoral College votes last week.

“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 spokesman said.

The chemicals giant Dow also said it was suspending all PAC contributions to any members of Congress who voted against the certification of the presidential election. The suspension will last for one election cycle — two years for representatives and up to six years for senators, the company said.

The political action committee for the greeting card company Hallmark Cards has asked two Republican senators — Mr. Hawley and Roger Marshall of Kansas, both of whom voted to overturn election results — to return all of the committee’s campaign contributions. Representatives of the senators did not respond to requests for comment.

American Airlines said it would pause all of its political donations for three months while the company reviewed its giving practices, while Delta said it was reviewing its policies.

“When we resume, we will ensure we focus on a bipartisan array of lawmakers who support U.S. aviation, airline workers and our values, including bringing people together,” American Airlines said in a statement.

The British oil giant BP said in a statement Monday that its employee political action committee will halt its contributions for six months while it evaluates its criteria for supporting candidates.

The Coca-Cola Company said in a statement that it would also suspend political giving: “These events will long be remembered and will factor into our future contribution decisions.”

The short-term home rental company Airbnb said that its political action committee would “update its framework and withhold support from those who voted against the certification of the presidential election results.”

Hilton said it had already suspended its political contributions because of the impact of the pandemic, and that, because of the Capitol Hill violence, it would keep its PAC suspended indefinitely. “We commit to any future donations being shared equally across the major parties and only after careful assessment of the recipient’s voting record,” a spokesman said.

And the shipping company FedEx said in a statement that it condemned the violence in Washington last week and supported the results of the presidential election. “We are reviewing all future political contributions,” it added.

Last week, two institutions announced that they had rescinded the honorary degrees they had previously awarded to Mr. Trump, and another said it was considering doing the same for Mr. Giuliani.

Lehigh University in Pennsylvania awarded Mr. Trump a degree in 1988, after its president called the real estate developer a “symbol of our age — all the daring and energy that the word tycoon conjures up.” On Friday, two days after the attack on the Capitol, the university said in a statement that its board of trustees had “voted to rescind and revoke the honorary degree.”

Wagner College on Staten Island also said on Friday that its board of trustees had voted to rescind the degree it gave to Mr. Trump in 2004. No explanation was given.

In 2017, both Lehigh and Wagner considered but decided not to revoke the degrees given to Mr. Trump, after he said there were “very fine people on both sides” who violently clashed in Charlottesville, Va.

Middlebury College in Vermont said it was considering revoking an honorary Doctor of Laws degree it had given to Mr. Giuliani because of his role in “fomenting the violent uprising against our nation’s Capitol building. Laurie L. Patton, president of the college, on Sunday described Mr. Giuliani’s “fomenting the violent uprising against our nation’s Capitol building on January 6, 2021 — an insurrection against democracy itself.”

Jacey Fortin, Jenny Gross, Alan Feuer and Lauren Hirsch contributed reporting.

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