Publix grocery stores suspend political donations after Parkland students stage ‘die-in’

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Publix, a grocery store chain, announced Friday that it plans to suspend its political contributions after Parkland students held a “die-in” protest inside one of its stores, according to ABC News

David Hogg and fellow protesters were specifically against Publix’s monetary support of Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, a supporter of the National Rifle Association. Publix is one of Putnam’s biggest contributors, donating more than $118,000 to Putnam’s campaigns from 1999-2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks funding and lobbying efforts.

After the protest, Publix said in a statement it plans to suspend all political donations.

“At Publix, we respect the students and members of the community who have chosen to express their voices on these issues,” the grocery store said in a statement. “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. At the same time, we remain committed to maintaining a welcoming shopping environment for our customers.”

“We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve,” the statement continued. “As a result, we decided earlier this week to suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we reevaluate our giving processes.”

This wasn’t Hogg’s first successful boycott. In April, he also successfully convinced 16 companies to pull funding from Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show after she made fun of him for not being accepted by a number of colleges. He was also one of the organizers of the March for Our Lives nationwide protest.

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Tess Cagle

Tess Cagle

Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.