Claim: Georgia is removing Coca-Cola products from all state-owned buildings
Immediately after brands such as Coca-Cola blamed new Georgia Voting methodA post has surfaced online claiming that the state will remove the beverage giant’s product from all government buildings.
“Georgia removes cola from all state-owned buildings,” reads April 6 Facebook post With 1,000 shares and over 100 reactions. “What do you think of it?”
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Georgia Republican Requests Removal of Coke Products From Office
The· Changes to Georgia Election Rules Includes ID requirements, reduced time to request absentee ballots, and final voting reduced to 4 weeks instead of 9 weeks.
The new voting law also tightens the requirements for county election supervisors, bans mobile voting buses for early voting except in emergencies, and criminalizes providing food and drink to voters.
A few days later, a group of Georgian Republicans demanded a boycott of Coca-Cola, but the product has not been removed from all state-owned buildings.
“Rumors aren’t true,” Coca-Cola spokeswoman Anne Moore said in an email.
“There was one Georgia Parliamentary office suite that asked us to remove our product, which was reported by the media,” she said. “Beverages were free. We offer them to the legislators when they visit the representative’s office.”
In a letter to Kevin Perry, President of the Georgia Beverage Association, on April 3, eight members of the Georgia House Republican Caucus demanded the removal of Coca-Cola products from the state legislature’s office. USA TODAY reported..
“Given Coke’s choice to succumb to pressure on an uncontrollable cancellation culture, we pay tribute to the immediate removal of all Coca-Cola Company products from our office suites.” letter Read.
The· Atlanta Journal-Constitution Atlanta-based Coca-Cola says it has been providing free beverages and other local products to Georgia’s Republican and Democratic offices for decades.
Our rating: False
According to our research, the claim that Georgia has removed Coca-Cola from all state-owned buildings is false. A Coca-Cola spokesman confirmed that the claim was false. A group of eight Republican members of Georgia has demanded that the company remove the products provided free of charge from the office.
Our Fact Check Source:
USA TODAY, April 5, “Georgian Republicans chase Delta’s Coca-Cola for opposition to Georgia’s voting law“”
USA TODAY, March 31, “The new Georgia voting bill will bring about a radical change.This is the impact on you“”
Ann Moore emails statement to USA TODAY on April 7th
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 5, “The Jolt: GOP to Coke: Keep free drinks!“”
Greg Brustein, April 3 Tweet
CNBC, March 31 Tweet
Coca-Cola Company, April 1st James Quincey’s Statement on Georgia Voting Law
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This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Fact Check: Georgia Has Not Removed Coke Products From State Buildings