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Dem leader says no to double-doubles: the implications of In-N-Out’s political contributions

A driver pulls into the drive-thru lane at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Alhambra, California on August 30, 2018. - Califoria's Democratic Party Chairman, Eric Bauman, is calling for a boycott of the Irvine, CA based fast food chain after it donated $25,000 to help California Republicans in November. In addition to this week's donation, In-N-Out donated $30,000 to the GOP in 2017 and 2016. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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A driver pulls into the drive-thru lane at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Alhambra, California on August 30, 2018.

On Wednesday, California Democratic Party Chair Eric Bauman tweeted a call to boycott beloved SoCal burger chain In-N-Out because of it’s donation to the California GOP.

On Wednesday, California Democratic Party Chair Eric Bauman tweeted a call to boycott beloved SoCal burger chain In-N-Out because of it’s donation to the California GOP.

In-N-Out had made a $25,000 donation to the California Republican Party Monday, listing it as a contribution for the November midterm election. The chain responded to criticism by pointing out it made equal contributions to a Democratic Political Action Committee. According to reports, Democratic PAC “California for Jobs and a Strong Economy” received donations from the burger chain.

How will this affect In-N-Out and will consumers care? How should a business navigate political donations in a time of hyper partisanship? And is there a way for a business to make donations without affecting their brand?

Guests:

Robert Winsor, professor of marketing and business law at Loyola Marymount's College of Business Administration

Abby Wood, campaign finance expert and associate professor of law, political science and public policy at the USC Gould School of Law

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