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In-N-Out boycott in California over $25,000 donation to the GOP

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  • Some Democratic lawmakers in California want to boycott
    In-N-Out, after learning the burger chain donated $25,000 to
    Republicans ahead of the midterm elections.
  • California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman led
    the charge, tweeting, “let Trump and his cronies support these
    creeps,” on Thursday.
  • In-N-Out, like many other companies nationwide, has
    donated to both Democrats and Republicans.

A California Democratic Party leader caught some blowback for
suggesting a boycott against the In-N-Out burger chain because of
a $25,000 donation it made to the Republican Party.

“Et tu In-N-Out?” California Democratic Party Chairman Eric
Bauman said on Thursday. “Let Trump and his cronies support these
creeps… perhaps animal style!”

Some people got right on board with Bauman’s call for an In-N-Out
boycott. “No more Double-Doubles for me,” one
person wrote
. “From now on, only Shake Shack.”

Others were not so eager to jump on Bauman’s bandwagon. “I’m
sorry you seem confused; this is America, another
Twitter user wrote
to Bauman. “I don’t care who donated what
to who when it comes to a double double.”

In-N-Out vice president Arnie Wensinger responded to the uproar

in a statement to the Sacramento Bee newspaper
on Thursday:

“We have been fortunate to do business in this great state for
almost 70 years. While it is unfortunate that our contributions
to support both political parties in California has caused
concern with some groups, we believe that bipartisan support is a
fair and consistent approach that best serves the interests of
our company and all of our customers.”

Political donations are not new for the popular fast-food chain.
The Orange County-based company donated $30,000 to the GOP twice
in the last two years.

In 2017, it also donated $80,000 to a political action committee
that supports moderate Democrats.

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