Black Rifle Coffee Company

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  1. Yvonne Smith

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    I have been reading about this for a while now. This company is supposed to support veterans, and now there is some sort of a lawsuit against them because they have apparently been cheating the veterans out of millions of dollars.
    I actually didn’t pay a lot of attention to this until today, when someone posted that they are a large supporter of Actblue, the democratic PAC.
    So, maybe they have been taking the money that is supposed to go to veterans and donating it to the democratic reelection funds, it looks like .
    Who else knows more about this ?

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    You have to be very vigilant with charities, especially ones supposedly supporting vets. Even Wounded Warrior got caught using money for shady purposes instead of benefitting veterans' causes. I believe they have gotten that fixed now, but I don't know how to be sure.
     
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    I went back and started looking at the information about the lawsuits, and some of it is awful, blatant sexual attacks on employees, as well as the mis-statements about the company being veteran owned (misleading), and also because of the pretending to be conservative while supporting BLM and calling Kyle Rittenhouse some pretty horrible names and people like him the “scum of the earth”.
    It looks like people started finding out about BRC back then , when Kyle was on trial, and he wore something that was their merch, and that is when they said the awful things about Kyle.
    I am not even going to put up links, some of what I read is so disgusting !
     
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    I dunno. I don't see it as a charity or a contribution. For me, it's a purchase. I buy Black Rifle coffee because it's affordable and I like it.
     
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    Out of curiosity, I spent a little bit of time looking into this and, from what I can see, from the actual Federal Election Committee website, the contributions they record list the contributor, by name, with Black Rifle Coffee being the employer. An employee named Sherrie Taylor made several small contributions to ACTBLUE, while another Black Rifle Coffee employee named Jarred Taylor made more (but also small) contributions to WINRED.

    Interestingly, Wikipedia has a listing for a Jared Taylor, defining him as an American white supremacist and editor of the American Renaissance, but they are different people.

    Evan Hafer, Black Rifle's founder and CEO, made several much larger contributions to Dan Crenshaw's campaign. While you and I might recognize Dan Crenshaw as being a neoconservative, not everyone takes the time to look beyond the veil, and I can see that Dan Crenshaw would look attractive to someone whose focus was on military veterans and conservative rhetoric.

    Other contributions from Black Rifle employees went to the America Reloaded PAC, to Graham Allen, who ran against Rep. Tom Rice in the GOP primary (Rice had voted to impeach Trump), to Anna Paulina Luna, an Air Force veteran who was elected as a Republican to the US Congress in Florida, and to a Libertarian candidate.

    Popping into a few websites, such as military.com and pjmedia.com, it looks to me like the controversy came about because Evan Hafer, BRC's CEO, wanted to separate the company from some people who were being portrayed as extremists, probably more for the sake of the business than political leanings. Prominent among them was Kyle Rittenhouse, who wore a Black Rifle Company shirt in one of his post-trial interviews, as well as the Proud Boys, some of whom have pled guilty to January 6 charges.

    Again, I think what we're looking at is someone with conservative leanings, but who doesn't necessarily do his own homework, or (more likely) who got scared because of the vicious media attacks against Rittenhouse and the Proud Boys. I can appreciate that a company might not want to be too closely associated with the subjects of a full-scale negative media campaign. It is a business, after all.

    Most of the controversy seems to be stirred up by Reddit contributors whose goal is to cancel a conservative company from both sides, and from the New York Times. The Left has always hated BRC and they still do, so, if they can separate them from their base market, they could crash them.
     
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    "but I don't know how to be sure."

    Which is why I still do not donate too them.

    Which is really a shame because, I can't think of any group that deserves it more than returning wounded combat soldiers.
     
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    We at one time donated money to Wounded Warrior, until our military daughter told us why we should stop. So we did and then news broke out about their deceitful doings. Such a shame that the world is fullied with greed and deceit, but it is what it is.
     
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    For the record, I am not a vet, but my son is a West Point grad, and both of my brothers are Vietnam era vets. What I don't understand is why so many local small business (mostly the trades) make a point of announcing "Veteran Owned". That would not influence my decision when I had to engage their services. Would it matter to you?
     
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    It does matter to me.
    When I am ordering my garden seeds and plant starts, I usually buy them on ebay, and many of the people there who sell their home grown plants and seeds are veterans who have moved out to the country to live and try to support themselves from their homestead.
    Even if they are not a vet, it is still someone who is a very small business person, and I feel good when I can help even a little bit by purchasing my gardening plants there.
     
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    When everything else is equal, I might opt for a business that is locally owned, Christian-owned, or supports some political cause that I agree with, but, for the most part, I make my purchase decisions on the basis of cost and quality. Black Rifle might have gotten my attention because of its conservative or veteran affiliation, but I subscribe to it because the prices are good and I like the coffee.
     
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