Jackson Hole, WY, residents are reconsidering their season pass purchases after the owners of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort hosted a fundraiser attended by Republicans Jim Jordan and Marjorie Taylor Greene, and former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, reports the Jackson Hole News & Guide. The three were invited for their ties to the House Freedom Caucus, which includes the “most conservative of all Republicans.”
Jay and Karen Kemmerer, who have owned Jackson Hole Mountain Resort since 1992, organized the fundraiser to aid the House Freedom Fund. The House Freedom Fund “only supports candidates for Congress who are dedicated to open, accountable, and limited government – candidates who will fight to defend the Constitution and advance policies that promote liberty, safety, and prosperity for all Americans.”
Locals against Kemmerer’s political affiliations cite Greene’s anti-covid-19 vaccine views and other conspiracy theories, their stance on climate change, and Greene and Jordan’s role in perpetuating the claim that Donald Trump won the 2020 Election as reasons not to buy a ski pass or even boycotting the resort.
Some valley residents are reconsidering buying ski passes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort — or calling for an outright boycott — after owners hosted a controversial fundraiser Thursday. https://t.co/xgsMsUWWZe
— Jackson Hole News&Guide (@JacksonHoleNews) August 11, 2021
One Jackson Hole local, who stopped buying a pass years ago, told the News and Guide:
“If you’re going to give people that kind of money, I don’t want it to be going to things like this. This is ridiculous to me.”
– Marisa Sullivan
Around twenty residents protested in the town last week, holding banners with slogans such as “JHMR passes fund treason?” and “Hey JHMR, your green washing is showing.”
A Jackson Hole Mountain Resort spokesman declined to comment, saying only that the resort “has no insight or comment regarding Jay Kemmerer’s personal investments decisions,” reports the News and Guide.
Jay and Karen Kemmerer have a history of supporting Republican candidates, raising and/or donating millions to election campaigns and political action committees.