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UPDATE: In-N-Out Burger has responded blowback about news of their donation to the California Republican party, saying, in part, that they donate to several causes, and that they made an equal contribution to the California Democratic party.
In a statement, In-N-Out Executive Vice President Arnie Wensinger tells ABC10:
In 2018, In-N-Out Burger has made equal contributions to both Democratic and Republican Political Action Committees in the State of California. For years, In-N-Out Burger has supported lawmakers who, regardless of political affiliation, promote policies that strengthen California and allow us to continue operating with the values of providing strong pay and great benefits for our Associates.
It is actually far more important to In-N-Out and our Foundations to support our communities by contributing millions of dollars to hundreds of organizations in California to prevent child abuse, human trafficking and substance addiction.We have been fortunate to do business in this great state for almost 70 years. While it is unfortunate that our contributions to support both political parties in California has caused concern with some groups, we believe that bipartisan support is a fair and consistent approach that best serves the interests of our company and all of our Customers.
Burger chain In-N-Out is facing some backlash after it was discovered the company donated thousands of dollars to the California Republican Party.
Washington D.C. journalist Gabe Schneider found the filing and posted it on Twitter. Eric Bauman, chair of the California Democratic Party, tweeted, "let Trump and his cronies support these creeps...perhaps animal style!" According to Wikipedia, "animal style" is a reference to an In & Out secret menu item that, "in addition to the standard toppings, animal style burgers include mustard fried onto each meat patty, pickles, grilled onions, and extra spread."