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UPDATE February 10, 1:15 P.M.: The story below was based on data from the Center for Responsive Politics, which lists Slim Fast Corp as a top 20 donor to Hillary Clinton or her affiliate super PACs. A spokesperson for Slim Fast has informed the Washington Free Beacon that S. Daniel Abraham—the founder of Slim Fast—is no longer president of the company. However, Abraham appears to still be listing Slim Fast as his employer on filings with the Federal Election Commission, as recently as June 2015. The spokesperson for Slim Fast confirmed that Abraham left the company in 2000.
The Center for Responsive Politics said they would correct the data, but also that the process will take some time since Abraham appears to be representing himself as continuing to work for Slim Fast on numerous federal filings. The group said Slim Fast must contact the candidates to whom Abraham gave and to whom he represented himself as being employed by Slim Fast, who then should file amendments to their reports with the FEC requesting a correction.
Slim Fast also said they “do not plan to contribute to … DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz.”
Slim Fast has donated more than $1 million to Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, making the fat shaming company one of the Democratic candidate’s top donors.
Slim Fast Corp has given $1,005,400 to super PACs supporting Clinton, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The company is a top 20 contributor, on par with DreamWorks and the American Federation of Teachers, which have also given over $1 million so far this election cycle.
A private equity firm bought Slim Fast in 2014, putting the company in line with many of Clinton’s fundraisers. Clinton has had a busy year fundraising off private equity firms on Wall Street.
Slim Fast President S. Daniel Abraham is a fan of the Clintons, personally donating between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Slim Fast’s weight loss products promote the recently deemed problematic “bikini body.”
“In the winter months, it is easy to get caught in an avalanche of cakes, pies, and other high calorie comfort foods,” OK Magazine wrote last month in an article promoting the company’s latest weight loss campaign. “But now, thanks to SlimFast’s New Advanced Nutrition Plan, you can fend off cravings and lose those pesky pounds that are standing between you and your ideal bikini body!”
Women’s Health called the phrase “bikini body” an “insult” that has “shaming, negative undertones,” vowing to never again put the words on its covers.