Romney Camp Spent $500 at Chick-fil-A

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Aug. 21 2012 10:37 AM

Romney Camp Spent $500 at Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A became ground zero this month of the culture war over gay marriage

Photograph by Mandel Ngan/AFP/GettyImages.

Mitt Romney did his best to publicly stay out of this summer's fast-food culture wars, declaring earlier this month that the controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A's opposition to same-sex marriage was not a topic that was "part of my campaign."

But campaign finance records show that the presumptive GOP nominee's camp appears to have made its support known at the same place that thousands of opponents of gay marriage did: at the chicken-chain's counter.


Politico waded through the latest batch of campaign records made public Monday, and discovered that the Romney campaign spent $500 at a Chick-fil-A in Atlanta last month, only days before the Mike Huckabee-organized "Appreciation Day" of the fast-food chain (and apparently well after chain president Dan Cathy's public affirmation of the company's "Biblical" view on marriage). The campaign reported the purchase as "meeting expense."

Given the political world's current focus on All Things Todd Akin, the news likely won't cause too much of a headache for the Romney camp, especially given that the purchase technically happened before the mass-consumption-as-support demonstrations. But in nonetheless highlights the tight rope Mitt Romney has had to walk as he does his best to keep his campaign focused squarely on the economy while at the same time avoiding alienating social conservatives who have never been his biggest fan.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 



Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 3:07 PM Everything Is a "Women's Issue"
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Brow Beat
Sept. 20 2014 3:21 PM “The More You Know (About Black People)” Uses Very Funny PSAs to Condemn Black Stereotypes
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 5:03 PM White House Chief Information Officer Will Run U.S. Ebola Response
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.