California Democrats Call for Boycott of In-N-Out Burger After It Donates 25K to Republican Party

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Posted: Aug 30, 2018 11:15 AM
California Democrats Call for Boycott of In-N-Out Burger After It Donates 25K to Republican Party

Eric Bauman, chair of the California Democratic Party, called for a boycott Thursday of the iconic West Coast eatery In-N-Out Burger after The Los Angeles Times reported that the chain had donated $25,000 to the California Republican Party.

Reporter Gabe Schneider first pointed out the donation in a tweet Wednesday.

However, The Los Angeles Times also points out that In-N-Out Burger has given to Democratic groups.

It gave “several thousand dollars to a PAC known as Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy. That group is as pro-business as the name implies, which makes sense for a major employer, but, as the Sacramento Bee reported in 2014, it was founded by David Townsend, a political operative who identifies as a centrist Democrat.”

The family-owned fast food chain features bible verses on their food packaging and, while their political donations may not please Democrats, In-N-Out is frequently praised for paying their employees well over the minimum wage and providing phenomenal benefits.

“In-N-Out is just eons above everybody else,” Saru Jayaraman, who leads the Food Labor Research Center at U.C. Berkeley told the California Sun. “On wages and benefits, they really are the best large chain.”

The idea of boycotting In-N-Out over the political contribution got a mixed reception on Twitter.