LAKELAND, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Florida supermarket giant Publix announced Friday that it will suspend all corporate political contributions. The grocery store giant bagged its giving process to political candidates before gun violence activist and Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg planned his “die-in” protest.
Gun violence activists were outraged when they learned Publix give $670,000 in the last three years to Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor who stated he’s a proud NRA sellout.
Publix’s full statement on political contributions
“At Publix, we respect the students and members of the community who have chosen to express their voices on these issues. We regret 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. As a result, we decided earlier this week to suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we re-evaluate our giving processes.”