Because one of its 50 co-owners made a donation to a political action committee (PAC) supporting Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, a leftist group is boycotting the iconic American clothing and equipment company, L.L. Bean.
This is the same progressive organization that targeted the fashion line of the now president-elect’s wife, Ivanka Trump, last fall.
Targeting Trump supporters
A major media outlet recently divulged which of the Bean family members was being targeted.
“[The donor in question is] Linda Bean, one of 50 co-owners and a member of the founding Bean family,” The Daily Mail announced.
After the Federal Election Commission (FEC) complained that Linda Bean’s $60,000 contribution to the Making America Great Again LLC exceeded the limit of $5,000 by 12 times, her political preference was brought before the public eye, according to the Associated Press (AP). It was noted that PACs are subject to such limitations, while super PACs are not – as they are not allowed to coordinate politically with campaigns.
Claiming that he had no recollection of receiving a letter from the FEC over the matter, Making America Great Again LLC Chair David Jones indicated that he was in the process of converting his PAC into a super PAC, Breitbart reported.
When the campaign known as #GrabYourWallet caught wind of the excessive donation, it quickly posted the announcement, “Company leader raised funds for Trump PAC,” which supposedly warranted L.L. Bean’s inclusion on its ”Additional Entities to Consider Boycotting” list.
In order to justify its call for liberals to boycott the company, the group of Leftists suggested that Linda Bean is the leader of the Maine-based clothing giant. Yet the clothing company stresses that she represents just 2 percent of the company’s total of 50 co-owners.
Turning off the false alarm
L.L. Bean Executive Chairman Shawn Gorman expressed his frustration over the production made over the single donation.
“We were disappointed to learn that Grab Your Wallet is advocating a boycott against L.L. Bean solely because Linda Bean – who is only one of 50+ family members involved with the business – personally supported Donald Trump for president,” Gorman wrote in a recent Facebook post. “L.L. Bean has been a family-owned business since it began back in 1912. L.L. Bean is a values-driven company that has long been inspiring people to live life outdoors. For the last 105 years, L.L. Bean has been singularly focused on offering high-quality, satisfaction-guaranteed products and outstanding customer service in the Maine tradition. This commitment has allowed us to not only employ 5,000 hard-working people, but also donate tens of millions of dollars to non-profit organizations promoting environmental stewardship, educational attainment and a host of other worthy causes at the local, state and national levels.”
Gorman ended his social media post by impressing that L.L. Bean does not involve itself in politics and advised the Leftist group to rescind its boycott.
“L.L. Bean does not endorse political candidates, take positions on political matters or make political contributions,” Gorman emphasized. “Simply put, we stay out of politics. To be included in this boycott campaign is simply misguided, and we respectfully request that Grab Your Wallet reverse its position.”
L.L. Bean is by no means the only nationally recognized household name that the Leftist group is urging Democrats to avoid.
“’#GrabYourWallet’ is officially boycotting 39 companies, including Kmart and Macy’s,” Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Joel B. Pollak informed. “It advises supporters to ‘consider’ boycotting an additional 22 companies, but advises that another 10 Trump-linked companies – such as bookstores carrying Trump’s book – should not be boycotted because their association with him is incidental.”
In an attempt to appear objective, #GrabYourWallet included this caveat regarding the bookstores it included on its list for contributing to efforts publicizing the Trumps.
“Note: this policy does not necessarily cover bookstores that may choose to feature Ivanka as an author in live events for her upcoming book release/tour,” the boycott-promoting group expressed as an aside. “That activity will be evaluated at the time it takes place.”