When liberal activist David Hogg called for a boycott against Publix over the grocery chain’s support for pro-gun Florida governor candidate Adam Putnam (R), he likely never imaged the boycott would work.
He also likely never imagined his boycott would actually work against the liberal agenda.
What’s going on?
Publix announced on Friday it would cave to Hogg’s demands. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior was upset Publix donated more than a half million dollars to Putnam’s campaign. Putnam is an unabashedly pro-gun, pro-NRA Republican.
Hogg was so serious about his protest that he organized a “die-in” protest at his local Publix. The negative coverage proved too much for Publix, which announced Friday it would cease all political donations while the company reviews its policies.
“We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve,” company spokesman Dwaine Stevens said in a statement Friday, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “As a result, we decided earlier this week to suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we reevaluate our giving processes.”
Problem is, not only did Publix donate to Republican campaigns and conservative causes, but they also donated across the aisle.
As Caleb Hull from IJR noted on Twitter, Hogg’s boycott also forced Publix to pull out of donating to pro-gay marriage and pro-abortion organizations.
Looks like the liberal agenda will temporarily suffer while Publix reevaluates its political donations.