Publix halts political donations amid anti-NRA…

MELBOURNE, Fla. David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where a mass shooting took place in February, has called on Publix Super Markets to give $1 million to the schools’ victim fund.

While Publix is not doing that at this point, the grocery store chain did decide Friday afternoon to suspend all political donations in the wake of a protest.

The Associated Press reported that survivors of the Parkland school shooting lay down in die ins at two Publix supermarket stores Friday afternoon to protest the chains support for Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam,a GOP candidate for governor who is a National Rifle Association supporter.

Hogg, the face of the current gun control movement, called for the 12-minute “die in” at all Publix stores to hone the message further.

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Hogg is targeting the Lakeland-headquartered Publix for its support of Putnam, an unabashed supporter of the NRA.

The suspension of donations announced Friday applies only to money from the company, which has given $413,000 to Putnam over about three years, the AP reported.

Seventeen people were killed at Marjory Stoneman when a former student opened fire on students and teachers. The shooting has sparked a fierce debate about guns, mental health and school security.

Publix, one of Florida’s most beloved companies and its largest private employer, operates 20 stores in Brevard County.

I call on @Publix to donate double the money they gave to Putman to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, $1,000,000. And never support an A rated NRA politician again.

— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 24, 2018

In a posting on Twitter, Hogg wrote: I call on @Publix to donate double the money they gave to Putman [sic] to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, $1,000,000. And never support an A rated NRA politician again.

While Hogg has support in some quarters including a group behind a Memorial Day weekend boycott effort of Publix many passionate Publix supporters also have been vocal also, asking people to leave the grocer out of the debate.

“I like Publix,” said Diane Lanoie ofPalm Bay. “This really pisses me off. Do you know how much Publix does for the community? The homeless? I’ll probably shop there more now.”

For it’s part Publix says it doesn’t donate to the NRA.

“We regret that some of our political contributions have led to an unintentional customer divide instead of our desire to support a growing economy in Florida,” the grocer said in a statement earlier this week. “Publix cares about our associates, customers and the communities we serve. It is important to understand that the vast majority of our giving is focused on organizations whose mission supports youth, education and the plight of the hungry and homeless within our area of operation.”

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Demonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket Demonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year did a “die in” protest at a supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. Shortly before the the “die-in” Publix announced that is will suspect political donations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  Wilfredo Lee, APFullscreenCORRECTS FROM SUSPECT TO SUSPEND-David Hogg, center, CORRECTS FROM SUSPECT TO SUSPEND-David Hogg, center, a student at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, holds the hand of fellow student Caspen Becher, lower left, as he and others demonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year did a “die in” protest at a supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. Shortly before the the “die-in” Publix announced that is will suspend political donations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  Wilfredo Lee, APFullscreenDemonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket Demonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year did a “die in” protest at a supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. Shortly before the the “die-in” Publix announced that it will suspend political donations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  Wilfredo Lee, APFullscreenCORRECTS FROM SUSPECT TO SUSPEND- Marjorie Stoneman CORRECTS FROM SUSPECT TO SUSPEND- Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School students David Hogg, center rear, and Caspen Becher, hug after a demonstration at a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year did a “die in” protest at a supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. Shortly before the the “die-in” Publix announced that is will suspend political donations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  Wilfredo Lee, APFullscreenPatricia Oliver, holds a picture of her son, Joaquin Patricia Oliver, holds a picture of her son, Joaquin Oliver, one of the 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year at a Florida high school, as she hugs Caspen Becher, left, outside a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school where 17 people were killed, did a “die-in” protest at the supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. Shortly before the the “die-in” Publix announced that will suspend political donations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  Wilfredo Lee, APFullscreenCounter protesters supporting the National Rifle Association Counter protesters supporting the National Rifle Association chant against demonstrators staging a “die in,” on the floor at a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year did a “die in” protest at a supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the NRA. Shortly before the the “die-in” Publix announced that it will suspend political donations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  Wilfredo Lee, APFullscreenDemonstrators lay on the floor during a protest against Demonstrators lay on the floor during a protest against gun violence, at the Publix store on East Colonial Drive near downtown Orlando, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. The Orlando demonstration was one of numerous across the state after anti-gun activist David Hogg called for a coordinated demonstration to take place at Publix stores at 4pm, Friday. Hogg is a student at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where a gunman killed 17 students and faculty on Feb. 14. (Joe Burbank /Orlando Sentinel via AP)  Joe Burbank, APFullscreenDavid Hogg, a student at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas David Hogg, a student at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas speaks outside a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year plan a “die in” protest at a supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. Shortly before the the “die-in ” Publix announced that is will suspect political donations. (AP Photo/Terry Spencer)  Terry Spencer, APFullscreenDemonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket Demonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year did a “die in” protest at a supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. Shortly before the the “die-in” Publix announced that it will suspend political donations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  Wilfredo Lee, APFullscreenDemonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket Demonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year did a “die in” protest at a supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. Shortly before the the “die-in” Publix announced that it will suspend political donations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  Wilfredo Lee, APFullscreenDemonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket Demonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year did a “die in” protest at the supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. Shortly before the the “die-in” Publix announced that is will suspend political donations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  Wilfredo Lee, APFullscreenMarjorie Stoneman Douglas High School student David Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg speaks as demonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year did a “die in” protest at a supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. Shortly before the the “die-in” Publix announced that it will suspend political donations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  Wilfredo Lee, APFullscreenA vehicle with "MSDSTRONG" on the back windshield in A vehicle with “MSDSTRONG” on the back windshield in reference to the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school shooting, is parked outside a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year did a “die in” protest at a supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. Shortly before the the “die-in” Publix announced that it will suspend political donations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  Wilfredo Lee, APFullscreenA demonstrator wearing a "#MSDStrong" shirt holds a A demonstrator wearing a “#MSDStrong” shirt holds a flower at a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year did a “die in” protest at a supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. Shortly before the the “die-in” Publix announced that it will suspend political donations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  Wilfredo Lee, APFullscreenDemonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket Demonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year did a “die in” protest at the supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. Shortly before the the “die-in” Publix announced that is will suspend political donations. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)  Mike Stocker, APFullscreenDemonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket Demonstrators lie on the floor at a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year did a “die in” protest at the supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. 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