Publix is a massive grocery store chain in the South. Like many companies, they make political donations. That made Publix a target for the new gang of baby-faced activists who are attacking political candidates and everyone that support them in the wake of February’s school shooting that left 17 dead. But this time, their plans may have backfired.
The Florida-based Publix supports a wide variety of candidates. Yet when David Hogg showed up for a “die-in” last Friday, Publix took notice.
Publix was a target becasue of the store’s support for GOP gubernatorial hopeful Adam Putnam. He received $670,000 from the chain over the last three years.
“While Publix tilts decidedly right in its political giving,” The Washington Times writes, “the supermarket giant has also donated more than $760,000 since 2008 to Democratic committees, including at least two dozen candidates for federal office at odds with the NRA.”
The anti-gun politicians Publix openly made donations to include, “members of the Black Congressional Caucus, former Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Patty Murray of Washington, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Ron Wyden of Oregon.”
The chain even supported the candidacies of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and even Barack Obama.
Now, though, Publix has stopped giving any money to anyone.
“We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve,’’ company spokesman Dwaine Stevens wrote Friday. “As a result, we decided earlier this week to suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we reevaluate our giving processes.’’
“At Publix, we respect the students and members of the community who have chosen to express their voices on these issues,’’ the statement said. “We regret that our contributions have led to a divide in our community. We did not intend to put our associates and the customers they serve in the middle of a political debate.’’
Just how long the reevaluation of the giving process will take is unknown. Until then, though, the die-ins have been canceled.