Publix’s political committee resumed contributing to candidates last year following a controversy in 2018, and its donations are now less tilted toward Republicans.
LAKELAND Publix is back in the political game, but its strategy seems aimed at minimizing risk following a backlash in the 2018 election.
Like many companies, the Lakeland-based grocery chain long ago created a political action committee that directs money to candidates for national office. The committee did so without attracting much attention until two years ago, when Publix became ensnared in a political skirmish over its donations to a home-county candidate it had long supported.
The controversy prompted Publix to cease making political donations, though its PAC quietly resumed giving money to candidates last year.
The Publix Super Markets Inc. Associates Political Action Committee has doled out nearly $425,000 to candidates and committees in the current election cycle. That is considerably less than the…