Overnight, In-N-Out went from having loyal customers state their love of the popular burger joint unsolicited to facing a Twitter boycott.
According to a public filing on the California Secretary of State's website, In-N-Out made the $25,000 donation Monday.
The contribution was made ahead of midterm elections in Irvine, California, which is a part of Orange County - a Republican stronghold in the west coast. We have been fortunate to do business in this great state for nearly 70 years. According to LA Mag, the burger based fast food chain donated $30,000 per year to the GOP in 2017 and 2016. Eric Bauman, chair of the California Democratic Party, tweeted, "let Trump and his cronies support these creeps.perhaps animal style!".
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Soon after, the hashtag #BoycottInNOut began trending on Twitter with the same fire and fury as seen during the Chick-fil-A controversy when CEO Dan Cathy revealed his support for traditional marriage.
Many fans of the restaurant, Californians and others alike as well as those that identified as Democrats (or simply not Republicans), were outraged to learn that their favorite restaurant was supporting Republican ideals with their donations.
Harry and Esther Snyder founded the burger company in Southern California back in 1948. The family-owned business has long held strong Christian views and prints references to Bible verses on its food packaging.
But supporters of In-N-Out say in recent years the company also contributed to a group that supports Democrats who are business-friendly.