First came the tweet, from a New York University economics professor on behalf of the American Association of Wine Economists : “In terms of $$, the U.S. wine industry overwhelmingly supports Trump.”
Then came Domaine Serene’s Instagram post pledging to fight racism and “systemic inequality.”
Amid national protests in support of the Black Lives Matter social justice movement, the Willamette Valley winery’s statement was met with harsh skepticism.
Economist Karl Storchmann ’s June 4 Twitter post, which has since been deleted, referred to research from the AAWE showing that members of the American wine industry have donated more money to President Donald Trump’s campaigns than to other major presidential candidates.
At No. 4 on the association’s list of top individual Trump donors was Grace Evenstad, co-owner of Domaine Serene Winery in Dayton.
In 2016, she and her husband, Ken Evenstad, donated $50,000 each to the Great America PAC, an organization calling itself “the premiere Pro-Trump Super PAC.”
Ken Evenstad wasn’t on the AAWE list because in 2016 he listed Upsher-Smith Laboratories as his employer, and association researchers missed him when culling the Federal Election Commission database for winery-related individuals.
Also in 2016, the Evenstads donated $125,000 […]
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