Patagonia Boycotts Wyoming Ski Resort After Co-Owner Organizes Fundraiser for Freedom Caucus
Popular outdoor clothing brand Patagonia said it was recalling its wares from stores at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming after one of the resort’s owners organized a fundraiser for the House Freedom Caucus.
Resort co-owner Jay Kemmerer held the event at a hotel in Jackson Hole on August 5, drawing protesters at the time and ultimately prompting Patagonia to reconsider their business relationship.
Patagonia spokeswoman Corley Kenna confirmed that the clothing brand stopped offering its products to be sold by retailers at the ski resort, the Associated Press reported Saturday.
“Those who know us in Jackson Hole know that we make business decisions and build relationships aligned with our values and advocacy efforts,” the Patagonia spokeswoman said in a statement.
WyoFile, a website that reports on events in Wyoming, broke the news of the boycott on Wednesday.
Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Jim Jordan of Ohio, two House Republicans among members of the conservative Freedom Caucus, led the $ 2,000-per-couple fundraiser, WyoFile reported.
Mark Meadows, who served as former President Trump’s chief of staff, was also a headliner at the event, WyoFile reported.
In addition to being advocates of Trump’s false claims about voter fraud, the three headliners have been “criticized by conservation groups for their environmental records,” the website reported.
“We unite with the local community who are using their voice in protest,” Ms Kenna said in the statement, as reported by AP. “We will continue to use our business to promote policies to protect our planet, support prosperous communities and a strong democracy.”
Patagonia would reconsider boycotting the ski resort if it demonstrates “a commitment to a healthy planet and healthy communities,” Kenna said Thursday, according to the AP.
“We are proud to be the largest mountain resort operating on 100% wind today,” said Mary Kate Buckley, president of the complex, according to AP. “We will remain focused on operating a world-class mountain resort and protecting the health and safety of our guests and employees,” he said.