Here are 10 business leaders who are risking their reputations to endorse Trump
Donald Trump’s businesses have seen a decline since last year, when he launched his divisive presidential campaign — but what about the business leaders who support him?
Recent analysis by Foursquare showed the share of customer traffic going to Trump properties fell 16.5 percent last month, compared with September 2015, following a 7.1 percent year-over-year drop in August and a 17 percent dip in June.
Trump’s toxic campaign has pushed many Republicans away from their party’s nominee — but many business leaders still back him for president because he promises to lower corporate taxes and loosen business regulations.
The real estate developer and former reality TV star has famously been endorsed by business leaders like Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and board member of Facebook, and Roger Ailes, former chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel.
But dozens of other business leaders have backed Trump’s candidacy, although there’s inconclusive evidence that consumers have decided not to do business with their companies over their presidential endorsement.
Here’s a list of some of those Trump-back business leaders:
1. Pete Coors, chairman of MillerCoors, has hosted a fundraiser for Trump with former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan.
2. Jenny Craig, co-founder of the weight-loss company that bears her name, also hosted a fundraiser for Trump.
3. Steve Forbes, the failed GOP presidential candidate and editor-in-chief of Forbes, has endorsed Trump.
4. Brian France, chairman and CEO of NASCAR, has also thrown his support behind the GOP nominee.
5. David Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby, changed his mind about backing Trump — who he said “scares (him) to death” — over concerns about who Hillary Clinton might name to the U.S. Supreme Court.
6. David Kushner, co-owner of Kushner Properties with his son, Jared Kushner, the candidate’s son-in-law and owner of the New York Observer, has hosted a fundraiser for Trump, and the younger Kushner plays a role in his father-in-law’s campaign.
7. Bernard Marcus, co-founder and former CEO of Home Depot, has publicly endorsed Trump and claimed the home improvement business he started could never have been successful if it had begun under President Barack Obama.
8. Terry Neese, founder of Terry Neese Personnel Services and the Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women, serves on the Trump Campaign Small Business Advisory Council.
9. Dana White, president of Ultimate Fighting Championship, has endorsed Trump.
10. Steve Wynn, the casino magnate and CEO of Wynn Resorts unlimited, serves as an unofficial advisor to Trump’s presidential campaign.