NEWS: Wells Fargo Exec VP facing public pressure on Murdock Trust grantees

NEWS ADVISORY FOR JANUARY 27 and 28, 2016

WHAT: Customers and supporters are handing out special comment cards to Wells Fargo customers and employees in Seattle (Weds) and Portland (Thurs). They are calling on Jeffery Grubb, a Wells Fargo top executive, to stop allowing The Murdock Charitable Trust to fund anti-LGBT, anti-reproductive rights and other extremist organizations.Grubb Comment Card_001

WHO: Spokespeople from NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Pride At Work, and Wells Fargo customers will be available for comment in Seattle. Spokespeople from Basic Rights Oregon, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Portland Jobs With Justice, and Wells Fargo customers will be available for comment in Portland.

WEDNESDAY, 1/27 NOON: Wells Fargo Center, 999 3rd Avenue (3rd & Marion), Seattle, WA

THURSDAY, 1/28 NOON: Wells Fargo Center, 1300 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR

BACKGROUND:

Wells Fargo’s heart-touching advertisement featuring lesbian parents adopting a deaf child drew criticism from hate groups last year. The bank stood its ground, saying the heart-touching commercial “reflects our company’s values.”

Unfortunately, Wells Fargo executive Jeffery Grubb is undermining the bank’s values in his role at The Murdock Charitable Trust, a major funder of anti-LGBT, anti-labor, anti-women’s health organizations.

A Wells Fargo Executive Vice President by day, Jeffery Grubb is one of just three trustees making a second paycheck ($80,000 in 2013 according to IRS records) from the billion-dollar Murdock Charitable Trust, one of Washington State’s largest charitable foundations.

Under Grubb’s direction, the Murdock Trust sends millions to hateful, anti-LGBT, anti-worker and anti-woman organizations including:

  • Anti-LGBT Rights: $212,000 to Portland Fellowship, an ex-gay Christian ministry in Oregon that has practiced gay conversion therapy.Grubb Comment Card_002
  • Anti-Paid Sick Leave: $765,000 to the Freedom Foundation, an organization that seeks to eliminate paid sick leave, cut public school funding and opposes minimum wage increases.
  • Anti-Women’s Health: $1,547,200 to several so-called crisis pregnancy centers that pose as legitimate medical or counseling clinics, but exist to prevent women from accessing abortion services.

Wednesday and Thursday’s  events are organized by the Northwest Accountability Project. The Northwest Accountability Project is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization dedicated to educating the public on the issues that enhance the well-being of middle-class families and workers while shining a light on extremism and the moneyed special interests that attempt to bring an agenda of hate and division to Washington and Oregon. More info at www.nwaccountabilityproject.org

Contact: Heather Weiner hweiner@nwaccountabilityproject.org

206/218-7194

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