According to some recent reports, you might just want to rethink your next CVS visit.
The hashtag #BoycottCVS began trending yesterday after the news the company plans to cut reimbursements for women who receive birth control through the mail, led to condemnations from groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America.
But that’s not the sole reason for CVS customers to jump ship as CVS Health Corp. is one of the largest donors to the Trumps’s reelection campaign. The Wall Street Journal in February of this year that the Federal Election Commission shows they gave $35,000 to the Trump Victory PAC.
FYI: CVS also gave to some Democratic groups, including the New Democrat Coalition Action Fund and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The recent cancellations of members of Equinox gyms represent a HUGE fallout for the chain. Dozens picketed outside the West Holywood location last week following reports that investor Stephen Ross, who also serves as chairman of The Related Companies which owns them, hosted a Trump fundraiser The Hamptons. It brought in $12 million for his reelection and
Trump joked about all the hoopla,
“Steve Ross got into a little bit of trouble this week, I said, ‘Steve, welcome to the world of politics!’ I love coming to the Hamptons, I know the Hamptons well, everyone here votes for me but they won’t admit it.”
Equinox has long marketed itself as an LGBTQ friendly space for members. They launched a campaign this year spotlighting members of NYC’s ballroom community.
And after the backlash, Equinox and SoulCycle announced they are now donating $1 million to the ballroom advocacy group House Lives Matter, plus many other worthwhile organizations as well. (See next post for a letter from Executive Chairman Harvey Spevak saying Equinox is “a community where everyone is welcome…”)
The wrath of pissed off consumers has also affected other brands like Versace, Estee Lauder, Revlon, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, and Marvel, whose former CEO Isaac Perlmutter is a longtime friend of the president’s, reportedly donating almost millions to Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns.
CVS has now pledged to stop donating to a pro-Trump dark money group known as America First Policies after initially giving the PAC $500,000.
If you think these boycotts are starting to get out of hand, you’re right. Support for Trump is coming from all sorts of unexpected mainstream donors… and they need to suffer the consequences.