Facing protests over its heavy contributions to gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, Publix announced Friday that it was suspending corporate political contributions “as we re-evaluate our giving processes.”
The supermarket giant has been embroiled in controversy after reports that it contributed more than $600,000 to Putnam’s gubernatorial campaign over the past three years.
Putnam, a Republican, has particularly become a target of criticism from gun-control advocates after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County.
“At Publix, we respect the students and members of the community who have chosen to express their voices on these issues,” the company said in Friday’s statement. “We regret our contributions have led to a divide in our community. We did not intend to put our associates and the customers they serve in the middle of a political debate. At the same time, we remain committed to maintaining a welcoming shopping environment for our customers. We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve. As a result, we decided earlier this week to suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we re-evaluate our giving processes.”