After CEO Rose Marcario pledged her company would join the “resistance” against President Trump’s policies, 2ndVote’s research has found outdoor clothing maker Patagonia is one of the top corporate donors to Planned Parenthood.
Patagonia’s liberal activism is well documented. Earlier this month, Patagonia joined a coalition of liberal corporations, politicians, and municipalities opposing the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. Also, in 2016, CEO Marcario signed onto a letter organized by the Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina as part of a misinformation campaign against North Carolina’s HB-2.
Marcario has recently threatened to sue the Trump administration over rollbacks of President Obama’s landgrab that “stole away millions of acres of land from state control to create new national monuments and parks.”
When our research team took a close look at Patagonia’s political activism, tax documents from the company’s charitable giving arm contained a shocking revelation. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Patagonia donated a combined $67,000 to abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
Upon learning this, 2ndVote Executive Director Lance Wray issued the following statement:
Patagonia’s Rose Marcario is the perfect example of why conservatives are sick and tired of CEOs using their position to push a political agenda. Not only is she leading a lawsuit against the Trump administration, but her company provides financial support for the liberal agenda far beyond environmental activism.
Our research has found Patagonia uses its charitable giving arm to funnel tens of thousands of dollars to Planned Parenthood. This means a portion of every customer dollar helps fund a gruesome business that performs over 300,000 abortions every year.
In 2016, millions of conservatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood; shouldn’t we make that vote count even more by defunding Patagonia? Conservatives who take their shopping dollars elsewhere can send Ms. Marcario and Patagonia a clear message that it just makes better business sense to stay out of politics.
Clearly, Patagonia has deliberately established itself as an activist company, led by its CEO’s liberal values. However, it’s important for conservatives to understand that Patagonia’s activism is only possible because of profits; a portion of every dollar spent by a conservative on Patagonia’s product helps fund advocacy that stands in stark contrast to conservative values.
For more information on where Patagonia stands on all the issues, see their scorepage in 2ndVote’s company database here.
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