A lobbying group funded virtually solely by Publix simply gave $100Ok to ‘proud NRA sellout’ Adam Putnam

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A lobbying group that receives virtually all of its funding from Publix is actively supporting self-described “proud NRA sellout” and Florida governor candidate Adam Putnam.

Simply six days after Publix introduced they might droop political donations, the right-wing commerce group Florida Retail Federation (FRF), which is closely funded by the Lakeland-based grocery chain, donated $100,000 to Adam Putnam’s Florida Grown political motion committee. 

Final month, nationwide protests led by Parkland faculty taking pictures survivor and outspoken NRA critic David Hogg broke out after a report from the Tampa Bay Occasions confirmed that Publix gave an unprecedented $670,000 to Putnam over the course of three years.

Publix responded by saying they might droop all political donations on Might 25.

In keeping with public information, the FRF gave $100,000 to Florida Grown on Might 31, lower than per week later. Although a spokesperson for Publix instructed Orlando Weekly that the corporate hasn’t given any political contributions since Might 23, virtually the entire cash the FRF at the moment has available is from the favored Florida grocery chain.

For these of you unfamiliar with the Florida Retail Federation, it may very well be thought of the political arm of Publix.

In 2017, the FRF reported a complete of $431,291 in donations from its members, which incorporates companies just like the Walt Disney World Co., SeaWorld and Ron Jon Surf Store. Of that quantity, Publix donated $350,000, which made up 81 % of the FRF’s complete funding.

For comparability’s sake, the opposite donors weren’t even shut. The subsequent sizable donations to the FRF in 2017 have been from Walgreens and Macy’s, who gave $25,000 every.

This yr, the FRF has obtained $174,394 from its energetic members. And, just like the yr earlier than, Publix has donated the lion’s share. From January to April of 2018, Publix has given $150,000, which thus far makes up 86 % of the group’s funds.

The FRF is the most important pro-business lobbying group in our state, with a observe report of very on-brand maneuvers like squashing a metropolis’s capacity to boost their very own minimal wage, banning cities from banning plastic luggage, and supporting business-happy politicians. So clearly, the Florida Retailers Affiliation is a big supporter of Putnam.

From 2015 to 2017, the group has given over $360,000 to the anti-gun reform Republican. Additionally, it is value noting that the vp of the FRF, Melissa Joiner Ramba, is driving round with a Putnam sticker on her automotive – and he or she tweeted it simply days after the Publix-Putnam flap began.  

It is essential to do not forget that Publix and Putnam go method again. In addition to, the very fact they each hail from Polk County, Publix has been supporting Putnam since his marketing campaign for state Home of Representatives in 1996.

To not point out the chairman of Putnam’s Florida Grown political motion committee is a actually a third-generation Publix man. Putnam’s Florida Grown PAC is, and I shit you not, led by Justin Hollis, whose great-grandfather and grandfather served as president and vp of Publix.

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