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Sat Aug 10, 2019, 12:43 PM

Publix Heirs Are Maxing Out Donations to Donald Trump's 2020 Campaign

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/publix-jenkins-family-heirs-are-donating-to-trumps-2020-campaign-11238481

Publix Heirs Are Maxing Out Donations to Donald Trump's 2020 Campaign

Progressives, critics, and basically all people with moral backbones and souls this week are furious at Stephen Ross ó the multibillionaire owner of the Miami Dolphins and the gym chains Equinox and SoulCycle, as well as an investor in many other ventures ó for quietly planning to host a fundraiser for Donald Trump's 2020 reelection campaign. After Dolphins receiver and civil rights activist Kenny Stills called out Ross for his garbage politics, critics have been urging people to boycott Ross' companies.

But heirs to a prominent Florida corporation have, so far, escaped the same scrutiny. According to a review of Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, multiple heirs of Publix Super Markets founder George Jenkins have sent max federal donations to Trump's 2020 campaign in the past few months.


According to FEC records, three of Jenkins' heirs, who sit on the board of the nonprofit George Jenkins Foundation, have funneled max contributions to Trump this year: Jenkins' daughter Julia Jenkins Fancelli and his grandchildren Gregory Fancelli and Leslie Fancelli Sonatori.

The records show that Gregory Fancelli donated $2,800 to both Trump's primary and general election campaigns, as well as $5,600 to the Trump Victory political action committee February 27. The same day, Leslie Sonatori and her husband Matteo also donated $2,800 each to Trump's primary and general election campaigns.

Barely a week later, their mother got in on the action: March 5, Julia Jenkins Fancelli dumped $2,800 into Trump's primary and general election accounts and then $5,600 into the Trump Victory PAC. (New Times was not able to reach the Fancellis for comment. Julia Jenkins Fancelli did not answer multiple phone calls last evening to numbers listed under her name.)

According to a Lakeland Ledger story from November 2018, Julia Jenkins Fancelli grew up in Lakeland, Florida, and met her husband Mauro while on a study-abroad year in Florence, Italy, while she was a University of Florida student. Their son Gregory Fancelli, meanwhile, is a ponytailed businessman who "restores historic bungalows throughout the central Lakeland area," according to the Ledger. In 2015, Forbes said the Jenkins family was worth $6.8 billion, making it the 43rd richest family in America at the time.

The three heirs together run the George Jenkins Foundation ó a nonprofit separate from Publix Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the supermarket chain. According to online records, the George Jenkins Foundation was formerly called the Fancelli Foundation. (The name of the charity was changed in 2016.) The foundation has mostly given to a spate of Christian and otherwise religious nonprofits, including donations to Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, and tons of local charities in and around Lakeland.

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Reply Publix Heirs Are Maxing Out Donations to Donald Trump's 2020 Campaign (Original post)
Demovictory9 Aug 10 OP
Laurian Aug 10 #1
raccoon Aug 10 #2
hlthe2b Aug 10 #6
Ilsa Aug 10 #8
Dr Hobbitstein Aug 10 #10
Laurian Aug 10 #12
snowybirdie Aug 10 #3
packman Aug 10 #4
Hortensis Aug 10 #5
GulfCoast66 Aug 10 #7
rockfordfile Aug 10 #13
GulfCoast66 Aug 10 #19
uponit7771 Aug 10 #9
Dr Hobbitstein Aug 10 #11
rockfordfile Aug 10 #14
Dr Hobbitstein Aug 10 #17
GoCubsGo Aug 10 #15
JCMach1 Aug 10 #16
Dr Hobbitstein Aug 10 #18

Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 12:54 PM

1. Well, shit. My "go to" grocery store.

Clean, clean, clean and the workers there are super friendly and always willing to help.

Iím in a small college town with few acceptable options, but Iíll be checking out other stores.

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Response to Laurian (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 12:57 PM

2. Me too. nt

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Response to Laurian (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 01:26 PM

6. None in CO, but when I saw them all over Atlanta, all I could think when I saw the name was

PUBIX.... (I think I ruined it long ago for my sister who shops there)...LOL

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Response to Laurian (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 01:48 PM

8. I know. And the 2-for-1 deals are not just on

stuff no one ever uses. They do BOGOs on regular stuff like pasta, sauces, cereal, nuts, popcorn, coffee, bacon, fruit, desserts, bread, pretty much almost everything.

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Response to Laurian (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 02:35 PM

10. Publix is employee owned.

And still a top place to work. These people are heirs to the Publix fortunes. They're not on the board of directors.

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Response to Dr Hobbitstein (Reply #10)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 02:59 PM

12. Thanks! I'm very relieved.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 01:06 PM

3. Aldi

moved across the street from my local Publix. I like it and it's much cheaper. Bye, bye Publix.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 01:09 PM

4. Shit - I love to shop at Publix

This sorta takes the hard edge off it

The foundation has mostly given to a spate of Christian and otherwise religious nonprofits, including donations to Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, and tons of local charities in and around Lakeland.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 01:11 PM

5. Lucked out here - it's more expensive and farther than Kroger.

Contemptible.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 01:27 PM

7. I'll still shop there. Best grocery ever.

You donít have to dig very deep in any multi billion dollar corporation and you will find republican donors.

Publix is known for being a good place to work. I know several people who work there and all love it.

2 of my co-workers have kids that worked there in High School, throughout college then got one as department managers. They both now are store managers.

Their stores brand stuff is as good as national brands for Wal Mart prices. My wife did a comparison when we were going through a lean spell.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 03:26 PM

13. Terrible store. Usually theirs products are close to expiration dates

The produce is not fresh. Terrible company. The company supported the racist and bigoted right-wing Governor.

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Response to rockfordfile (Reply #13)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 06:23 PM

19. Where, may I ask do you shop?

Publix has the best customer service in the business and surveys of employees rate it as one of the best places to work in Florida.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 01:49 PM

9. Jus damn !!! He ruins everything

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 02:38 PM

11. The operative word here is "heirs". Publix is employee owned.

These 3 individuals are not on the Publix board of directors, and have no influence in the company. They are just heirs of George Jenkins.

Continue shopping at Publix. They are a great company that treats their employees fairly.

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Response to Dr Hobbitstein (Reply #11)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 03:28 PM

14. This shows how racist and un-American they are. Giving to pos like trump

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Response to rockfordfile (Reply #14)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 04:12 PM

17. Not Publix. They didn't give anything to Trump.

But yeah, these 3 heirs of George Jenkins are asshats.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 03:54 PM

15. They have been giving me fewer and fewer reasons to shop there...

I used to love shopping at Publix. Used to be my favorite grocery store. Then they stopped doubling coupons. Then they started charging 10-20% more than everyone else. I went in this morning to pick up a few sale items. Couldn't get through half the aisles, as they were obstructed by shelf stockers--who should have had that done before the store opened. Everything I went in for was out of stock, which seems to happen more and more frequently, lately. I put the one item I had in my cart back and walked out. Screw 'em. This news makes it more likely I will continue to take my money elsewhere.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 04:00 PM

16. No more.Publix when I am at home

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Response to JCMach1 (Reply #16)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 04:13 PM

18. Publix did NOT donate to Trump.

These heirs are NOT part of Publix.

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