News

Linda Bean: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

President-elect Donald Trump thanked Linda Bean of L.L. Bean on Twitter this morning, telling his millions of followers to support the retail company.

This was a response to Bean coming under fire for donating $60,000 to a Super PAC that supported Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election. Grab Your Wallet, a liberal group, advocated this week for a boycott of L.L. Bean due to Linda Bean’s support of Trump.

As has often been the case, Trump’s tweet also appears to be a reaction to something he saw on cable news; he sent the tweet just about an hour after Linda Bean appeared on Fox and Friends. In the interview, Bean said that she won’t back down and that this boycott is “very much a case of bullying.”

Linda Bean is the heiress of the L.L. Bean company and the granddaughter of Leon Leonwood Bean, the company’s founder. Here’s what you need to know about her.


1. She Twice Ran for Congress as a Republican

Linda Bean’s support for Donald Trump isn’t completely surprising. She is a Republican, and she even ran for office twice.

In 1988, Bean sought the Republican party’s nomination for representative of Maine’s 1st congressional district. She lost in the primary, with Edward O’Meara becoming the Republican nominee; O’Meara ended up losing to Democrat Joseph Brennan in the general election.

Bean then ran again for the same Congressional seat in 1992. This time, she won the Republican nomination, but she lost in the general election to Democrat Thomas Andrews, who received 65 percent of the vote. Bean never again ran for public office.

Like Donald Trump, Bean spent thousands of dollars of her personal fortune to run for office. According to The New York Times, during her 1988 Congressional bid, Bean spent $500,000 of her own money.

Bean used to be a Kennedy Democrat but became a Republican in part because of her second husband, Verne Jones, a farmer who was fiercely opposed to the growing power of his town’s planning board, The New York Times reported in 1992.


2. She Has Been Donating to Republicans For Years

Carly Fiorina ted Cruz, Ted Cruz Carly Fiorina, Carly Fiorina VP

Carly Fiorina speaks at a rally for Texas Senator Ted Cruz. (Getty)

Linda Bean is now facing scrutiny for her donation of $60,000 to Making America Great Again, LLC, a Super PAC supporting Donald Trump. But Donald Trump was not her first pick for the Republican nomination.

According to Open Secrets, during the 2016 election cycle, Bean also donated $35,000 to CARLY for America, a Super PAC supporting the candidacy of Carly Fiorina. She also donated about $15,000 directly to Rand Paul, another presidential hopeful in the 2016 election; Trump once insulted Paul’s physical appearance during a Republican primary debate. In addition, Bean donated to the Republican National Committee all throughout the election.

It was not until after it became clear that Donald Trump would be the Republican party’s nominee that Bean donated any money to him; her first donation to Trump came in June 2016.

During both the 2012 and the 2008 election cycles, Bean supported Ron Paul, donating thousands of dollars to directly to Paul and to Revolution PAC, a Super PAC supporting Ron Paul for president.

Bean has also donated to many local Republican candidates and to the Republican Party of Maine.

According to The New York Times, Making America Great Again LLC, the PAC that Bean donated thousands of dollars to, was not originally registered as a Super PAC. Instead, it was registered as a standard political action committee. Contributions for a standard PAC are capped at $5,000, and so that would make Bean’s contributions illegal. The group is now saying that some of the money actually came from Linda’s sister, Diana Bean.


3. She Once Compared Obama to Hitler

Obama Farewell Address, Obama Farewell Speech, Obama Farewell Speech transcript

President Obama on January 4, 2017. (Getty)

In 2012, Linda Bean wrote a letter to Maine Republicans in which she made the argument that libertarians needed to get on board with Mitt Romney even though they wanted Ron Paul to be the nominee.

According to the Portland Press Herald, Bean in this letter compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.

“OBAMA is HITLERIAN in his course, and he is closing in VERY FAST to eliminate totally our liberty rights and heritage,” she wrote.

Bean went on to say that if Barack Obama is re-elected, “America as we know it may well be gone in four years.”

“We are on the precipice of losing our country!” Bean said. “4 years from now we may not even have a ballot.”


4. She Owns a Lobster Restaurant Called Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine

Some were confused by the fact that Donald Trump tagged a seemingly unrelated lobster restaurant in his tweet. But this is a restaurant owned by Linda Bean called Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine. There are several of these located throughout the state of Maine, and their lobsters are also sold to grocers.

In 2013, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) published an undercover investigation showing inhumane treatment of lobsters at the company’s slaughterhouse, with the lobsters having their limbs ripped off and being boiled alive. PETA then organized a campaign involving plastering “Linda Mean” signs all over Maine; the signs read, “Linda Bean’s slaughterhouse rips apart live lobsters and crabs. End the suffering.”

Shortly after, Delaware North, a food service management company that provides concessions at Boston venues, announced they would no longer be purchasing lobsters from Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster. Bean responded by saying that PETA was launching a “full scale attack” on Maine’s lobster industry.

“The lobster industry is too important a pillar in Maine’s economy to allow this to continue,” she said, according to the Portland Press Herald. “Thousands of Maine jobs are affected in key industries including our fisheries, maritime businesses, wholesale and retail markets, tourism, and Maine’s very active restaurant industry. Maine would not be the same if it lost this vital industry that supports and sustains so many jobs and families.”

A representative for Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster later told PETA that the company is no longer slaughtering lobsters at the processing plant in question.


5. L.L. Bean Says It Does Not Endorse Politicians or Take Political Stances

After Grab Your Wallet advocated for a boycott against L.L. Bean, the company took to Facebook to say that it is “disappointed” in this because Linda Bean is just one of over 50 family members involved with the business.

The company wrote on Facebook, “we are deeply troubled by the portrayal of L.L.Bean as a supporter of any political agenda. L.L.Bean does not endorse political candidates, take positions on political matters, or make political contributions. Simply put, we stay out of politics. To be included in this boycott campaign is simply misguided, and we respectfully request that Grab Your Wallet reverse its position.”

Grab Your Wallet says it will not reverse its position on the boycott until Linda Bean is removed from the company’s board of directors.

“As fans of L.L. Bean’s products, everybody is hoping that the company is really seriously evaluating whether or not Linda Bean’s presence and contributions to the company are worth the damage she continues to inflict on L.L. Bean’s brand and reputation,” Shannon Coulter, co-founder of Grab Your Wallet, said, according to Maine Public.

Over 1,000 Facebook users reacted to L.L. Bean’s Facebook post with the “angry” face, and the page was flooded with comments telling the group to remove Linda Bean from its board.

“She may be one of 50+, but she’s a Board member,” one Facebook user wrote in a comment that received 28 thumbs up. “At some point you need to accept responsibility. You can attempt to guilt us into ignoring what us a fact or you can own up to the fact that this is how many people in this country will choose to react.”

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

14 comments

  1. liberal/progressives are such pigs. This is one of the many examples of how they intimidate, bully, censor, and do whatever else they need in order to either get control/power or keep it. The liberal/progressive pigs know no bottom. They are how germany turned into nazi germany, how the bolsheviks got control of russia and ate all humans, and how china had their “cultural revolution”.

    Never ever trust a liberal/progressive.

    • Linda Bean, like Trump, is a trust fund baby. Inherited her wealth. Just like Trump, she believes the rules don’t apply to her. It’s easy to ignore the rules and be “brave,” and stand up to the so-called bullies, when you have millions of dollars to cushion your fall. I used to love LLBean, and spend considerable money there each year, but as long as they have Linda Bean on its Board, they’ve seen my last dime.

      • That’s OK….there are plenty of Trump supporters that are shopping with L.L.Bean simply because of your ignorance. Should we all boycott businesses that supported Barack Obama?? No…because people have a constitutional right to support whoever they want to support without retaliation from people such as Grab Your Wallet!!

        • Never suggested anyone should shop or not shop anywhere. Just stated where I WOULD NOT be spending my money. Don’t get your panties in a knot, for chriss sake. Anyway, i’m just following in the patriotic footsteps of Abigail Adams who boycotted products from the forces of Britain who wanted to prevent America from ever becoming a country. My goal is honor people like Abigail Adams so that America and all it stands for continues.

        • There’s more non-Trumpers than there are Trumpers . . . about 2.8 million more! We’ll see whose boycott is more effective!

    • Calling liberals and progressives “pigs” shows your true colors. Also, my father came from Weimar Germany and knew first hand why the Nazi’s came to rule Germany. Educate yourself and stop being so ignorant and self-righteous.

      • liberal/progressives ARE pigs. You need to read Orwell’s Animal Farm to know what I’m talking about, but my bet would be you’d be sensitive to such mean writing about strong, centralized, corrupt control over the population….but that’s just judging you by your “arrogance and ignorance”, the toxic combination that accurately defines every liberal/progressive.

        As long as I’m “educating” a liberal/progressive on reality, here’s one for ya darling…. “Gleichschaltung”. Now go worship obama, stalin, hitler, castro, mao, che, ho, pol pot, etc.

        • Wow . . . you read Animal Farm . . . that’s read in about 8th grade isn’t it? Try reading The Prince. Or Mein Kampf! You’ll see the terrifying parallels!!!

        • If there are any Orwellian “pigs” in today’s political arena, you must add Trumpenfuhrer and his comrade Putin to your list. If you want the real take-away from Animal Farm, it’s that absolute power corrupts. One of history’s biggest progessive/liberal was philosopher John Locke. His influence is profound and throughout our US Constitution. Our founders were very wise in that the universe bends towards change and justice, hence Amendments. 100 years ago women (your mothers and sisters .. and mine) were NOT allowed to vote. Think about it. Before that, the Irish were viewed as no better than African slaves. In the long arc of time, you see the conservative mindset dying out as people become more educated and rationale. Progressives and liberals are not your enemy. The ACLU has even gone to court to defend the KKK. The conservatives would NEVER do that for progressives. In that lays the crux of the problem. Liberals and progressives are far more open-minded and educated than conservatives and tend not to look at things as simplistically.
          The political word Liberal is derived from the Latin word liber, which means free. The political word Conservative is derived from the Latin word conserver, which means to maintain. Conservatives were not the founders of America, it was true Liberals. Please post again and tell me what you’ve learned about Hitler’s rise to power in Germany. You’ve blamed liberal/progressive pigs for such. How so?

        • It annoys me to no end when people attempt to claim “Animal Farm” is some indictment of or allegory about progressivism. You don’t know what you are talking about. Orwell never said anything of the sort about his novel, so I don’t understand how any of you can claim that is what it’s about. I defy you to show me even ONE statement from Orwell making such a claim. You people also are the ones who tried to claim that Obama was both fascist and socialist. These aren’t even complementary ideologies, and Obama never resembled EITHER of them. This incoming administration, on the other hand, has very clear ties to fascist ideologies.

    • I didn’t vote for Trump or Clinton and don’t agree with the boycott of L.L. Bean.

      Still, the company should have advised its employees, including board members, early on to be low-key with their political stances lest they affect its business. In this most divisive of presidential campaigns, there’s no way any company could be aloof from how this election season would turn out.

      If the anti-Trump camp wants to boycott anything, it should be Linda Bean’s restaurant.

      • I mostly agree with you, but she sits on LL Bean’s Board and also happened to publicly compare Obama to Hitler. I don’t want to support a company that has such hateful people on its Board. She’s nothing but a parasite living on Granddaddy’s money! She’s run for office several times, but even the people of Maine can’t stand her; she’s lost every time.

    • She donated $30K to a PAC. She broke the law, as the law only allows a $5K donation per person So, are we suppose to give her a pass ‘cuz she’s rich, or that she’s a Trumptard?

  2. I’m going to purchase thousands of dollars of merchandise from LL Bean then return it for my money back. Then I’ll do it again and again and again.
    I’ll do so until Linda Bird donates $60,000 to anti Trump activities. I encourage everyone to do the same.