Patagonia makes its first election endorsements with two Western Democrats

Patagonia makes its first election endorsements with two Western Democrats
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Outdoor clothing company Patagonia Inc. is endorsing two Democrats in key Senate races that could determine control of the upper chamber.

The company, which has upped its political activism since President TrumpDonald John TrumpBroward County official Brenda Snipes submits resignation after criticism Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: 'Disgusting' Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks MORE took office, is backing Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenDem gains put Sunbelt in play for 2020 The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — House, Senate leaders named as Pelosi lobbies for support to be Speaker Nevada New Members 2019 MORE in her challenge of Nevada Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerDem gains put Sunbelt in play for 2020 Cortez Masto named Dem Senate campaign chairwoman Nevada New Members 2019 MORE (R) and Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterBanking panel showcases 2020 Dems Cortez Masto poised to become DSCC chair Mellman: The triumph of partisanship MORE in his Montana reelection bid against Republican Matt Rosendale.

Rosen and Tester are the first election endorsements in Patagonia’s history.

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“The company is endorsing candidates for the first time this year because of the urgent and unprecedented threats to our public lands and waters. Nevada and Montana are two states where Patagonia has significant company history and a long record of conservation accomplishments, and where the stakes are too high to stay silent,” the company said in a statement.

Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said the company is backing Rosen “because she will fight to protect Nevada’s public lands and the vibrant outdoor industry that depends on them.”

And Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia’s founder, said it is backing Tester “because he gives a damn about protecting public lands — and, like us, he’s committed to fight back against anyone who doesn’t.”

The company has been outspoken in its support for public lands protections and its opposition to policy proposals from Trump and congressional Republicans to undo them. It has specifically fought Trump’s December decision to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah, including filing a lawsuit over Bears Ears and declaring on its website that "The President Stole Your Land."

Chouinard has previously said Trump is “like a kid who's so frustrated he wants to break everything” and said his administration’s climate policies are “truly evil.”

Patagonia has also publicly clashed with House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob BishopRobert (Rob) William BishopOvernight Energy: Outdoor retailer Patagonia makes first Senate endorsements | EPA withdraws Obama uranium milling rule | NASA chief sees 'no reason' to dismiss UN climate report Patagonia makes its first election endorsements with two Western Democrats Daylight Saving Time costs more than it's worth MORE (R-Utah) and Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeLawmakers say California will eventually get emergency funding for fire relief Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Overnight Energy: Trump to visit California wildfire victims | Head of Park Service climate program resigns | Dems rip Trump pick for energy panel MORE, who slammed the company for manufacturing some of its products in China.