Hyatt Hotels Will No Longer Host ACT for America's National Conferences
WASHINGTON, DC – October 6, 2018
On Thursday, ACT for America’s founder Brigitte Gabriel published a statement on her Facebook page about Hyatt Hotels.
It is entitled: “Hyatt Hotels to Millions of Conservatives: You're Not Welcome at Our Hotels.”
“Earlier this week, the Hyatt Hotels Corporation issued a statement declaring that their company would no longer be hosting ‘hate groups’ after a well-coordinated, Soros funded smear campaign was launched by groups such as the Muslim Advocates, MoveOn.org, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), targeting their hotel chain for hosting ACT for America's national conference at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel,” the release said.
“By taking this stance, the Hyatt Hotels Corporation has become complicit with the radical left's attack on freedom of expression. By accepting the SPLC's definition of a ‘hate group,’ Hyatt is telling millions of Americans they are no longer welcome in their hotels,” the ACT for America wrote.
“Had Hyatt done their research, they would have found that the Southern Poverty Law Center has raised millions of dollars from attacking regular conservative organizations like the Family Research Council, PragerU, Turning Point USA, Alliance Defending Freedom the American Conservative Union, along with dozens of others,” Gabriel proceeds. “Their decision to ban ‘hate groups,’ in reality is a decision to ban all freedom loving, flag waving conservative Americans from their hotel chains. While we have come to expect this from left-wing radicals, we certainly did not expect a prominent American hotel chain to weaponize their brand and influence against the conservative voice.”
ACT for America describes itself as the nation's largest grassroots national security organization. It was founded by Lebanese-American Immigrant Brigitte Gabriel. ACT for America currently has over 1 million members and has helped pass 100 bills on the state and federal level, all while maintaining relationships with dozens of sitting members of Congress, according to the ACT for America website.
On September 27, CEO Mark Hoplamazian announced a broad anti-hate group policy for the Hyatt hotel chain. Hoplamazian wrote to employees in a memo that “if a group is primarily focused on disparaging a group by virtue of their identity … that’s really where we need to draw the line. We’re going to apply our values to making these decisions along the way.”
The decision comes after over 100,000 consumers and a group of concerned organizations urged Hyatt not to host the September 4-5 national conference of ACT for America. The conference, which Hyatt ultimately hosted, occurred less than a week after an ACT rally participant was sentenced to six years in prison for beating an African-American man during the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, according to Muslim Advocates. The effort to urge Hyatt not to host this conference was organized by Muslim Advocates, MoveOn, CREDO, and Shoulder to Shoulder.
“This decision now positions Hyatt, alongside Airbnb, as a leader in the hospitality field for ensuring safe and inclusive spaces for its guests and staff. Other major hospitality companies like Hilton, Wyndham, Accor Hotels, and InterContinental Hotels have decided to reject hate groups in the past, but Muslim Advocates is unaware of a broad commitment from any of them to vet events hosted by groups primarily dedicated to hate. This move also highlights Marriott’s position as the most hate group-friendly hospitality brand after their embrace of a major hate conference in 2017,” Muslim Advocates say on their website.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a global hospitality company with a portfolio of 14 premier brands. As of March 31, 2018, the company's portfolio included more than 700 properties in more than 50 countries across 6 continents. The hotel chain is owned by Jay Robert Pritzker, who is the Democratic nominee for Illinois governor. In 2016, Pritzker was heavily invested in Clinton's presidential bid, donating over $15 million to Priorities USA Action, the pro-Clinton super PAC then run by current Pritzker campaign manager Anne Caprara. Pritzker was angling for a high-level cabinet position in Clinton's administration and had every expectation she would win the November contest in a landslide. Pritzker, a venture capitalist, previously pursued a coveted appointment to the Illinois State Treasurer's office from ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich. Two days after Clinton's defeat, Pritzker sold off 250,000 shares of Hyatt stock at $51.10 per share, netting him $12,775,000.
He moved again on November 30, dumping 2,000,000 shares of Hyatt Hotels Corp at $50.8 per share for a sum total of $101,600,000.
On December 9, he cashed out one final time, this time disposing of 780,571 shares valued at $55.49 each for a total value of $43,313,884.80. Each of his multi-million dollar buyouts are signed by Jay Robert Pritzker, President. The total value of Pritzker’s stock conversion moves delivered him $220,151,346, not counting any associated fees, WCIA wrote.
“The First Amendment wasn't created to protect just leftist speech, it was created to protect ALL speech,” ACT for America reminded. “We hope that Hyatt Hotels will reverse their decision and demonstrate that they value the democratic freedoms on which our nation was founded on instead of falling prey to the fascist tactics of the left. We will continue to fight for the freedom of speech of ALL Americans, it is shameful the Hyatt Hotels Corporation will not be joining us in this fight.”