MiamiHerald / Supermarket giant Publix said Friday it has halted all corporate political contributions. The company made the announcement moments before a planned “die-in” protest organized by David Hogg, a vocal Parkland school shooting survivor.
Hogg and other gun violence activists were angered when news broke that the grocery store chain donated $670,000 over the last three years to Adam Putnam, a Republican gubernatorial candidate who once boasted he was a ” proud NRA sellout .”
Since a gunman killed 17 people and wounded 17 more in a Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students have spearheaded a political campaign for more gun control and taken aim at the National Rifle Association.
The donation news sparked fierce backlash against the grocery store. On Friday, Hogg organized a “die-in” protest at a Coral Springs Publix and asked people to lie on the floor of the grocery store for 12 minutes. It was set to begin at 4 p.m.