FACT CHECK: Olive Garden funding Trump’s re-election? [#FactCheck #OliveGarden #ReElection] 05/27
As the 2020 US election approaches, a popular casual restaurant chain has been linked to President Donald Trump’s re-election bid.
A text meme posted May 6, 2020 on Facebook says, “Olive Garden is funding Trump’s re-election in 2020. It would be terrible if you shared this and Olive Garden lost business.”
The post has been shared more than 7,800 times.
The claim started circulating on social media in 2019, when a tweet went viral claiming that Olive Garden, along with restaurants such as Waffle House and IHOP, donated to President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden, denied the claim, describing it as “baseless.”
“We don’t know where this information came from, but it is incorrect. Our company does not donate to presidential candidates”
– Meagan Bernstein, a spokeswoman for Darden Restaurants
In 2019, Olive Garden said the same thing on Twitter.
We don’t know where this information came from, but it is incorrect. Our company does not donate to presidential candidates.
— Olive Garden (@olivegarden) August 26, 2019
According to the Federal Election Commission, corporations are not allowed to donate to campaigns, but a campaign may accept contributions from political action committees established by a corporation.
Fact check: Olive Garden not funding Trump’s 2020 campaign: