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Founders Brewing leaves Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce over Bill Schuette endorsement

Posted: 7:44 AM, Sep 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-20 08:41:33-04
Founders Brewing leaves Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce over Bill Schuette endorsement

Founders Brewing Co. said it is pulling its membership from the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce after it endorsed Bill Schuette for governor.

In a social media post, the brewing company said it will be pulling its membership after the Grand Rapids Pride Center announced it would be suspending any future partnerships with the Chamber of Commerce.

Founders Brewing said that it stands with its LGBTQ community and asked that the GR Chamber of Commerce reverse the endorsement.

Chamber President and CEO Rick Baker responded and said the chamber is "open to dialogue to understand the impact of our decisions" and said the chamber endorsed Schuette because he "aligns most closely with their business-friendly policies."

Read Baker's full response below: