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Twice this year, the Publix grocery store chain has entered into the news for political donations related to Republican candidates. Less well known are the company’s contributions to Democrats, which clocked in at more than $200,000 for federal candidates during the 2020 election cycle.
The contributions included $43,000 to Democratic senatorial candidates and $157,500 to Democrats running for the United States House, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. The records provide noteworthy context to press reports that have mostly centered in recent days on the company’s contributions to prominent Republicans, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Top congressional Democrats were among the Florida-based chain’s favored candidates, according to the records, including Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, who took $10,000 from Publix in 2020. Another $2,000 went to Warner’s colleague, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine. Former Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, who lost his election last year to Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville, took $1,000.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD), the second-ranking House Democrat, was the company’s top beneficiary in that chamber, taking $5,000 from Publix in 2019 and another $5,000 in 2020.
It also donated heavily to Florida Democrats, including $8,500 to former Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and $5,000 to former Rep. Donna Shalala. Both candidates lost tight reelection races last year in Miami-area districts.
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