AP: L.L. Bean Heiress In Trouble Over Pro-Trump PAC

Water bottles are seen at the L.L. Bean store in Freeport, Maine on Thursday, March 24, 2011. A spokesman at the outdoors and clothing retailer announced that the company is offering permanent, no-strings-attached... Water bottles are seen at the L.L. Bean store in Freeport, Maine on Thursday, March 24, 2011. A spokesman at the outdoors and clothing retailer announced that the company is offering permanent, no-strings-attached free shipping. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) MORE LESS
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean heiress Linda Bean is in hot water with the Federal Election Commission over a political action committee she created to support Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, federal regulators say Bean’s Making America Great Again LLC was limited to individual contributions of $5,000 in a single year— and Bean contributed $60,000. The group spent $66,862 supporting Trump.

Trump won enough support in the 2nd Congressional District to split Maine’s electoral votes, taking one vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s three.

PAC Chairman David Jones says the group was supposed to be registered as a super PAC with unlimited contributions and it will look into the issue.

Bean is the granddaughter of L.L. Bean and a member of the Maine-based outdoors retailer’s board.

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  1. LL Bean’s liberal return policy allows returns of anything purchased from Bean, and at anytime. I’ve got a few things to return that I bought last year.

  2. “…a member of the Maine-based outdoors retailer’s board.”

    Why anyone representing outdoor retailers would advocate for a political system intent on decimating public land conservation and access is beyond me. This woman apparently lacks a coherent set of principles.

    I haven’t shopped LLBean for years, but now I have a reason.

    These days my outdoor $$ go to retailers and manufacturers who are willing to openly advocate for public lands. Retailers are a little hard to find, but manufacturer advocates are not. I am not going to name them here (okay - Black Diamond, Osprey, Patagonia, Jack’s Plastic Welding, Alpacka) because it probably violates some TMP policy, but they’re out there. Find them. And support them!

  3. …you can take back that goofy orangey-thingey that you got back in November…

  4. Bean’s quality has fallen into Cabella territory.

    In contrast, Patagonia has good stuff and they repair it to extend its useful life. The best customer service I’ve experienced. Plus 1% of profit goes to the planet.

  5. When this goes ‘viral’… at least Governor LaPage will still shop there.

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