Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the founders of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, have announced their support for Obama’s nuclear deal.
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Cohen and Greenfield co-authored an email to activists on MoveOn.com, the liberal-leaning e-petitions website, urging fellow Democrats to support the deal in Congress.
“We're writing today about keeping America out of another war in the Middle East,” they wrote. “This agreement is the only peaceful way to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. And it's a critical test for what sort of nation we're going to be.”
The ice-cream tycoons are encouraging activists to withhold donations to Democratic Congressmen who oppose the deal.
Earlier Wednesday, Cohen and Greenfield announced that they had joined the “donor strike,” and encouraged fellow liberals “not to give to to Democrats who risk taking us to war.”
Following their endorsement, the online campaign has now received over 25,000 signatures and $11 million in withheld funds.
This is not the first time that Cohen and Greenfield have weighed in on U.S. politics. The pair have already endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders. They provided complimentary Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice-cream at a rally in support of the U.S. Senator for Vermont earlier this month.
Cohen and Greenfield sold Ben & Jerry’s for $326 million to Anglo-Dutch food giant Unilever in 2000. They sit on the ice-cream company’s advisory board.