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Apr 13, 2011 07:30 PM

Chains that support the Republican or Democratic parties, and various agendas?

I worry about even asking this question, for fear of sparking a huge, nasty debate. However, CHers are generally articulate, level-headed, and sensible, so I hope if I pose my question as neutrally and clearly as possible, there will be no problems whatsoever...

Right? :)

Anyway, all I want to know is which chains support what/who. Whose CEO's give to which political candidates, propositions, campaigns, etc? Which restaurants have religious affiliations?


I know Chik-Fil-A president Truett Cathy came under fire this year for 'anti-gay politics', and has since countered back claiming they're 'not anti-anybody':

I also know that In-N-Out wrappers and cups have Bible verses written on them, including 'John 3:16', which would suggest the owners are Christians.

There is also talk that the owners of Chipotle are liberal, though I personally have found nothing to support or negate such claims.

All I want are the facts, not opinions or arguments! Thank you. <3

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  1. I thought Chipotle was owned by McDonalds. And the chain seems pretty eco friendly. I don't much care for the food, however.

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    1. re: sueatmo

      Actually, McDonald's gave funding to Chipotle from 1998 to 2006. In 2006, McD's fully divested from Chipotle altogether.

      1. re: daydream

        Chipotle went public in 2006 and has been one of the hottest stocks for the last five years. Their stock value doubled on the first day it was available and has doubled over and pover again since.

    2. Target found itself facing a boycott by gay communities and gay rights activists last year after donating to Minnesota Forward, an organization that backed Tom Emmer, a Republican gubernatorial candidate who spoke out against homosexuality and gay marriage.

      the former CEO of Domino's Pizza was a staunchly conservative right-wing supporter. he left the company last year, but i read something recently that said the current CEO and Chairman both contribute almost solely to Republicans and conservatives - i think that accounted for over 90% of all their donations.

      AFAIK, Costco & Starbucks are both known for leaning to the left.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Ahh, yes, I remember the Target situation. Didn't know Costco was known for leaning left. Thanks for your input!

              1. re: sueatmo

                sorry about that :) ironically that's a shorthand i learned here on CH!

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            1. Whole Foods Founder and CEO, John Mackey, is outspoken in his opposition to health insurance reform and any sort of government-funded health care.

              Hugh Osmond is a major contributor to far right wing political organizations and candidates. He's the founder of Punch Taverns and PizzaExpress in the UK, and a leading partner in Sun Capital Partners which owns Boston Market, Bruegger’s Bagels, Fazoli’s Restaurants, Friendly's, Sweet Tomatoes, Souplantation, and Smokey Bones Barbeque.

              Given that Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzennegger are principal investors in the Planet Hollywood chain and are both vocal right wing supporters, I guess you could say Planet Hollywood is sort of a right wing chain.

              Even if they are gay-friendly and have adopted a few eco-friendly practices, there's not much else in Chipotle's business practices that would make them a left-leaning or liberal operation.

              Coca Cola heavily supports the Republican party and its candidates.

              House of Blues is decidedly left-leaning.

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              1. re: ninrn

                re: Whole Paycheck, Mackey no longer runs the show over there, and the company actually doesn't contribute to political campaigns.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  While they don't disclose any direct election campaign contributions, Whole Foods spends tons of money on lobbyists and supports numerous pro-corporate trade organizations, and Mackey remains on the board.

                  1. re: ninrn

                    trust me, i'm most certainly not defending the company...but i worked for them relatively recently (notice the past tense) and i can tell you that Mackey's position on the board is little more than symbolic at this point - he doesn't have much pull anymore.