L.L. Bean Faces Boycott After Family Member's Pro-Trump PAC Donation Revealed
Linda Bean's donation to a PAC supporting the president-elect has landed the retailer on the #GrabYourWallet intiative's blacklist.
L.L. Bean likes to stay out of politics, yet a donation by a member of the Bean family is putting the retailer on the defensive.
The Maine-based company issued a statement late Sunday after being targeted for boycott for alleged ties to Republican president-elect Donald Trump.
The founders of the hashtag #GrabYourWallet included Bean on the list after The Associated Press reported that L.L. Bean's granddaughter, Linda Bean, contributed $60,000 to a political action committee supporting Trump called Making America Great Again LLC. The donation exceeded the PAC's contribution limit.
Bean chairman Shawn Gorman said he's "deeply troubled by the portrayal of L.L. Bean as a supporter of any political agenda." He said there are nine other board members and 50 family owners, and that Linda Bean's donation shouldn't speak for all of them.
Find the full statement below.