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>> First it was Carrier Corporation, next Ford and General Motors. Now the Trump tornado touching down on outdoor retailer L.L. Bean.>> I'm Andy Sullivan. The main company getting some free promotion from Donald Trump in a Thursday tweet. And it's not because the suit and tie president elect has suddenly developed a love for flannel shirts and duck boots, he wants to reward a big donor to his campaign, Linda Bean, who also owns a chunk of the company.
That's likely to create headaches for L.L. Bean, which is already facing a boycott from some of its customers, who don't like Trump one bit.>> The word is now out.>> Trump tweeting early Thursday. Thank you Linda Bean of L.L.Bean for your great support and courage in adding Buy L.L.Bean.The company L.L.Bean has been selling canoes, jackets and camping gear from Freeport Maine for more than a hundred years.
Popular even with city types who want that lumber sexual look. The company supports environmental causes but steers clear of electoral politics. That's not true for some of the people who inherited the L.L.Bean fortune, like Linda Bean. She went big for Trump, donating $60 thousand to a political action committee that supported him.
That got her in trouble with federal regulators who say she violated campaign finance laws and created unwanted publicity for the company. L.L.Bean telling customers that Linda Bean is one of dozens of family members who own a stake and that she doesn't represent L.L.Bean's views. Bean is privately held so it's not as if Trump stands to gain in any way here but it's coming just as he's getting hammered for refusing to put his own business interest into a blind trust.
And it raises the question of whether he's able to pack away his own business instincts, like promoting one of his supporters, when he's about to enter the White House a week from Friday.