Walmart Must Be Transparent with Public About Political Giving

Walmart’s Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Government Relations says that the company's politics were "relentlessly nonpartisan" during the 2008 presidential election.

But according to a new Walmart Watch report, Walmart's Political Action Committee and the Walton family continue to give overwhelmingly to Republicans. When Walmart's PAC has given to Democrats, it was to those Democrats who were more likely to vote against President Obama's agenda.

Read the full report What's Right? Walmart's Words vs. Political Giving.

Join us in calling on Walmart to be more transparent about its political giving. This week at the Walmart Shareholder's Meeting, the shareholders will consider a resolution on political transparency. 

Walmart should:

  • Disclose trade association dues used for political purposes.
  • Disclose contributions to tax-exempt issue advocacy groups.
  • Be honest about its political giving and not claim to be "relentlessly nonpartisan."

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With the Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United case, corporations such as Walmart essentially have the ability to funnel unlimited funds to political campaigns with almost no oversight. To protect our democracy, Walmart must disclose its political giving and be honest about the impact it is having on the body politic.