Following Major League Baseball moving the All-Star Game and MLB Draft from Atlanta, to protest against laws restricting voting rights implemented in Georgia, Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell warned United States industry Monday against "economic blackmail".
Republicans have led an uproar against the relocation of the All-Star event from Atlanta’s Truist Park.
McConnell said pressure on the southern state to reverse the Republican-backed election laws amounted to "a coordinated campaign by powerful and wealthy people to mislead and bully the American people."
The Republican leader also accused companies of bowing to "far-left mobs."
"Businesses must not use economic blackmail to spread disinformation and push bad ideas that citizens reject at the ballot box," McConnell said, AFP reported.
The new law, reportedly, limits drop boxes, allows unlimited challenges to voter eligibility and registration, and ban voters waiting in queue to receive any water bottle or snacks.
Commissioner Rob Manfred made the decision to move the All-Star events and the amateur draft, which had been scheduled to be held in Atlanta for the first time.
"Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views," Manfred said in a statement, CNN reported.
"Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box," he said.
"In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to help build a future in which everyone participates in shaping the United States."
Meanwhile, McConnell argued in a statement that some of the same restrictions in the Georgia law are maintained in other states led by Democrats.
He said the pressure on Georgia came from "a host of powerful people and institutions" who "apparently think they stand to benefit from parroting this big lie."
"Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country," he said.
In an open letter to Manfred, Republican Senator Marco Rubio suggested the baseball league was being hypocritical.
"Will Major League Baseball now end its engagement with nations that do not hold elections at all like China and Cuba?" he asked.