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& bull; James Bodenstedt, the creator of a significant Wendy’& rsquo; s, Taco Bell, and also Pizza Hut franchisee, has actually given away$544,400 to entities sustaining’Trump & rsquo; s re-election until now this project cycle.

& bull; Nevertheless, Bodenstedt is not & ldquo; the chief executive officer of the business that has Wendy & rsquo; s, Taco Bell, as well as Pizza Hut. & rdquo; David Gibbs is the Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Brands, which possesses Pizza Hut and also Taco Bell, and also Wendy ' s chief executive officer is Todd A. Penegor. Neither has actually contributed to Trump.


Wendy's, Taco Bell, as well as Pizza Hut are encountering disturbance on social networks from an assertion that their chief executive officer has actually given away $400,000 to the re-election project of Head of state Donald Trump.

"The chief executive officer of the business that possesses Wendy's, Taco Bell, as well as Pizza Hut gave away $400,000 in the direction of Trump's re-election project," a June 1 message with 89,000 shares stated. "Y' all still finna be consuming there?"

Various other messages resembled this message, with one stating, "Wendy's is terminated. given away 400k to exceed. I duplicate, Wendy's is terminated."


Nevertheless, this case is garbled. The exec that offered six-figure contributions to the Trump re-election initiative is the franchisee of a smaller sized variety of Wendy's, Taco Bell, as well as Pizza Hut areas in the southwestern USA, not the Chief Executive Officer of Louisville-based Yum! Brands, the worldwide fast-food business that has Pizza Hut and also Taco Bell. (Wendy"s is a different firm.)

The Trump-supporting exec concerned is James Bodenstedt, the owner of San Antonio, Texas-based MUY! Brands, a fast-food franchising firm with Wendy's, Taco Bell, as well as Pizza Hut places. (MUY! is Yum! meant in reverse.) On Federal Political election Payment disclosure creates the previous 2 years, Bodenstedt has actually determined himself as either head of state or chief executive officer of MUY! Consulting.

The site of MUY! Brands does not note its existing variety of areas, however a 2012 short article in a profession magazine that the firm published on its internet site stated during that time it had 230 places in Texas as well as New Mexico. The write-up defined MUY! as "among the country's biggest Yum! Brands franchisees."

Bodenstedt has actually undoubtedly been a charitable benefactor to the Trump re-election initiative.

Simply throughout the 2020 project cycle, he has actually made 44 contributions to entities functioning to re-elect Trump, according to Federal Political election Compensation disclosure kinds:

- The Trump project : $200;

- Trump Success , a joint fundraising car that profits both Trump as well as the Republican Politician National Board: $400,000;