Did Olive Garden contribute towards Trump's 2020 reelection campaign?
Rich Jeffers - spokesperson for Darden Restaurants
Federal Election Commission
Tensions on Twitter reached a boiling point over the politics of Olive Garden and calls for a boycott.
A woman tweeted out "Olive Garden is funding Trump's re-election in 2020. It would be terrible if you shared this and Olive Garden lost business."
The claim was re-tweeted more than 50,000 times, and has since been deleted.
So we're verifying: Did Olive Garden contribute towards Trump's 2020 reelection campaign?
The brunch and breadsticks company responded directly, denying the claim.
Our researchers went further, looking up Trump campaign finance receipts through the Federal Election Commission and OpenSecrets.org.
Neither Olive Garden nor Darden Restaurant contributed as a company, though, rather a handful of their employees did. Under Federal Election Commission rules, anyone who makes a political contribution greater than $200 must list their place of employment.
It's worth noting that a handful of employees equally donated to democratic presidential and congressional nominees: Darden Restaurants employees contributed $8,407 to the Clinton campaign in 2016, about 10 times more than they contributed to Trump.
Rich Jeffers, the spokesperson for Darden Restaurants, also confirmed the restaurant group does not have a political action committee (PAC).
In addition to Olive Garden, Darden owns Longhorn Steakhouse, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V's.
So, we can Verify, no, neither Olive Garden nor their parent company Darden Restaurants contributed to the Trump campaign as a company, though employees did on their own. And that viral tweet -- has since been deleted.
By 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 , it appeared the original poster had deleted their account or changed their username.
This story has been updated to reflect the original poster appeared to have deleted their account.