Documents: Chick-fil-A gave $1.7 million to anti-gay groups in 2009

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 12:26 EDT
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A sad-looking Chick-fil-A mascot, on Dec. 23, 2006. Flickr commons.
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Tax documents examined this week by a gay rights blog reveal the extent of donations made to anti-gay groups by the Chick-fil-A fast food chain, highlighting over $1.7 million in payments made in 2009 alone.

It was previously well established that Chick-fil-A had donated over $1 million to anti-gay groups from 2003-2008, even though the company’s official line is that they have no agenda.

However, IRS documents examined by the Media Matters blog Equality Matters seem to prove otherwise: over $1.7 million was given by Chick-fil-A’s charity arm to groups like the National Christian Foundation, Campus Crusade for Christ, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Serving Marriages, Inc., the Georgia Family Council and the Family Research Council, among others.

Interestingly, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy joined Atlanta’s gay community for an AIDS walk last week, but the company refused to say why.

Photo: Flickr user normanack.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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