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California Democrats Call For In-N-Out Boycott Over GOP Contributions

IRVINE (CBSLA) — The most famous burger chain on the West Coast is facing calls for a boycott from a California Democratic leader over its contributions to the state's Republican Party.

In-N-Out Burgers donated $25,000 to the California Republican Party on Aug. 27, according to a public filing with the Secretary of State.

Eric Bauman, the chairman of the California Democratic Party took to social media Wednesday night to call for a boycott in response to the filing.

Bauman wrote: "Et tu In-N-Out? Tens of thousands of dollars donated to the California Republican Party... it's time to #BoycottInNOut - let Trump and his cronies support these creeps... perhaps animal style!"

Long considered a conservative-leaning fast food chain known for printing Bible verses on its packaging, Irvine-based In-N-Out has donated roughly $30,000 to state Republicans in both 2016 and 2017.

But in 2018, the chain has also contributed $50,000 to Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy, a pro-business political action committee founded by Democratic operative David Townsend, according to Fortune.

In a statement to CBSLA, an In-N-Out executive said: "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."

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