Despite supporters standing by them with a “#SupportPublix” movement. Publix supermarkets announced that they are suspending political contributions in response to a “die in” protest led by some Parkland school shooting survivors.
Who might this affect in Alabama? According to Alabama’s Secretary of State’s contribution records Publix has given a total of $77,420 in political contributions since 2013. That is significantly lower than their massive $2,000,000 plus in contributions this cycle alone in the state of Florida where their headquarters are based.
Of their money most went to the Alabama Retailers PAC which received $35,920. The Alabama Grocers Association which received $21,500, Alabama 2014 PAC (A conservative PAC run by Bob Reily) got $10,000 and COMP PAC (A workers compensation PAC) received $10,000.
Who is Alabama Retail PAC endorsing this cycle? They just released their full list.
For the state’s constitutional offices, RetailPAC endorses:
- Governor Kay Ivey*
- Lieutenant Governor: Twinkle Cavanaugh
- Attorney General Steve Marshall*
- Secretary of State John Merrill*
- State Treasurer: John McMillan
For the Grocers Association? Their full list is on their website.
For constitutional offices candidates endorsed by SACKPAC are:
- Governor – Kay Ivey (R)
- Lieutenant Governor – Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R)
- Attorney General – Steve Marshall (R)
- Secretary of State – John Merrill (R)
- Treasurer – John McMillan (R)
- Commissioner, Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries – Rick Pate (R)
We will continue following the Publix contributions story and will be updating the site with additional news as it breaks.