Outdoor clothing company Patagonia is spending millions of its profits on far-left causes — including $1 million to help elect Democrats across the country — a report in The New York Times reveals.
In 2022, Patagonia’s founder, Yvon Chouinard, gave up ownership of the famous outdoor apparel brand. At the time, Chouinard declared that all of the company’s future profits would be used to “give away the maximum amount of money to people who are actively working on saving this planet.” Since then, those profits — totaling more than $71 million — have been distributed to various campaigns and causes via an entity called the Holdfast Collective.
The Holdfast Collective has so far given “$1 million to help elect Democrats around the country, including $200,000 to a super PAC this month,” according to the Times. Recipients of those funds include the Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC.
The spending is raising concern among conservatives about the Hodlfast Collective’s influence. Caitlin Sutherland, executive director of the conservative watchdog group Americans for Public Trust, called Holdfast “a $1.7 billion political organization in waiting” and said her group plans to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission for incorrectly reporting donations as having come from the Holdfast Collective instead of the nonprofit groups it administers.The Holdfast Collective’s funneling money to Democratic political causes appears at odds with Chouinard’s pledge to use company profits for environmental causes. “I personally fail to see the connection between spending money on abortion and climate change,” Sutherland noted.
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