Monday, April 1, 2019

Publix is giving money to Florida politicians again

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2019 at 3:17 PM

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Publix is giving money to Florida politicians again almost a year after suspending all campaign contributions, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Lakeland grocery chain experienced intense backlash after donating an unprecedented $670,000 to self-described "proud NRA sellout" Adam Putnam's campaign for Florida governor last year. Parkland school shooting survivor and outspoken NRA critic David Hogg and other survivors organized die-ins at Publix stores to protest the move.

In response, Publix quickly announced they would suspend all political donations, with a spokesperson saying, "We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve." Six days after the announcement, however, Orlando Weekly reported that the right-wing trade group Florida Retail Federation (FRF), which was heavily funded by Publix, donated $100,000 to Putnam's Florida Grown political action committee.

The Times reports Publix gave 33 Republican and Democratic lawmakers donations of $1,000, for a total of $33,000 in contributions made in February.

"The important work done by our elected officials has significant impacts on Publix, our associates and our customers," a Publix spokesperson told the Times. "As such, Publix has made the decision to reengage in the political process."

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