Linda Bean, of the L.L. Bean family, ran afoul of the Federal Elections Commission by donating too much money to a pro-Trump PAC. Here’s where things get tricky:
Bean, the granddaughter of L.L. Bean founder Leon Leonwood Bean, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Friday. She is a member of the retailer’s board and runs a lobster company called Linda Bean’s Lobster Dreams. She has run for Congress and is a big donor for Republican causes.
So word started getting around — I certainly spread the word — as a kind of (in my case) knee-jerk reaction to (in my case) a severe dislike of Donald J. Trump. (I don’t like him. Have I made that clear?)
But people started responding to the called-for boycott with stories of the apolitical nature of LL Bean. I emailed the company and got this back:
Thank you for taking the time to share your views. I apologize for the delay in responding.
I have forwarded your concerns to the appropriate department.
L.L.Bean does not endorse political candidates, take positions on political matters, or make political contributions. Simply put, we stay out of politics. To our customers, employees and community-partners, we regret any undue negative attention that this situation attracted. We remain steadfast, however, that the company has at all times honored our long-standing focus on our products and customers, and not partisan politics.
We hope you find this background information helpful. You are a valued customer and we hope that you will continue to support our business.
It was signed by “Jordan.” I emailed him back to thank him for his response and I am going to stand down. There are all kinds of lists circulating of businesses that don’t agree with my politics — and I have a list of my own, but I wouldn’t want to be a part of unduly vicious response. Things are getting interesting, yes?