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Patagonia dumps Wyoming resort after it hosted an event featuring Marjorie Taylor Greene

Sportswear company Patagonia will no longer supply Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Mountain Resort with its products after the resort’s owner hosted an event for the right-wing Freedom Caucus, WyoFile reports.

Among those featured at the event were Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. The resort was Patagonia’s largest single customer in the Jackson Hole area.

Patagonia’s move comes after Jay Kemmerer, one of the resort’s owners, co-hosted a fundraiser on Aug. 5 at a Jackson hotel for the House Freedom Caucus. Attendees of the event paid a minimum $2,000 per couple.

From The Washington Post:

The company, which has championed progressive causes and environmentalism, suggested the fundraiser linked to the Jackson Hole retailer did not align with its values. Greene, Jordan and Meadows have supported Trump’s false claims of election fraud and faced criticism for their records on environmental issues. Some area residents protested the event and called for a boycott of the resort, which is among the most popular spots in one of the most Republican states.

In a statement to The Washington Post, Patagonia spokeswoman Corley Kenna said that the company makes business decisions and builds relationships “in alignment with our values and advocacy efforts.”

“We join with the local community that is using its voice in protest. We will continue to use our business to advocate for policies to protect our planet, support thriving communities and a strong democracy,” Kenna said, adding that the company would reconsider its withdrawal if the owners committed to “protecting the planet.”

Kemmerer and his wife, Karen, gave $200,000 to Trump’s reelection campaign in recent years. Since February, they’ve donated more than $100,000 to conservative political action committees and candidates.

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