NY City Council tells Walmart, ‘Stop spending your dangerous dollars’ on NYC charities

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MILLINOCKET, Maine, June 15, 2014 — In a most peculiar move, 26 of the 51 member New York City Council have issued a cease-and-desist order to Walmart and the Walton Family Foundation. They are demanding that the company stop donating millions of dollars to charitable organizations in the city.

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The letter reads, in part, “We know how desperate you are to find a foothold in New York City to buy influence and support here. Stop spending your dangerous dollars in our city. We have seen your growing but quiet efforts to bankroll the privatization of public education in New York City and to invest in conservative organizations here that are actively working to undermine the progressive agenda we support.”

Artistic rendering of City Hall by Jim Bozeman
Artistic rendering of City Hall by Jim Bozeman

Walmart has given millions over the last few years to local New York City charities: $1 million tothe New York Women’s Foundation, which concentrates on women’s job training, $30,000 to Bailey House for distributing groceries to low-income citizens.

It also gave $4 million to a program that offers summer jobs to young people. Since 2004, it has donated $16 million to the city’s charter schools.

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Mayor de Blasio and the council have made it their quest, with strong influence from the unions, to prevent Walmart from having any stores in the city, even though the mayor’s own Annual Poverty Report shows that the poverty rate in the city was at 21.4% in 2012.

Since 2008, 45.6% of the city’s population has been at or near the poverty line. New stores with new jobs would be welcomed by cash strapped citizens.


Mayor de Blasio
Mayor de Blasio

Has anyone on the council or from the mayor’s office consulted with the beneficiaries of Walmart’s largesse? How do those recipients feel about losing millions of charitable dollars?

Is there any greater example of progressive government than this? It should now be clear that progressives are a group of stingy, self-absorbed hypocrites who love to say they work for “the greater good” while never actually contributing to it.


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  • jstahswf

    NYC will soon be the new Detroit.

  • DublinIreland

    “The Progressive agenda we support”…shouldn’t that read the Communist agenda we support? After all the mayor is openly communistic.

  • Gene Kneip

    I wonder if DeBlasio would turn down Walmart contributions to his campaign fund???

    • Sandra Leigh Olson Rogers

      Truly! Evil communist people, & hypocrits!!

  • Dave2240

    This is an excellent move on the part of the New York City Council members. Now Walmart can focus its charitable activities within cities with Council members who truly care about the people they represent. I am a member of the City Council in Snellville, GA and in our city, Walmart is very active in helping charities. And in spite of the progressives in New York City, who suspect an ulterior motive, I have never known Walmart executives to ask for anything in return. In fact, in my experience, Walmart execs have been eager to do only one thing– offer financial assistance to charities.

    Although I can’t speak for their elected officials, we have many other cities near us who I’m sure would welcome charitable donations to help their citizens in need. If you are a Walmart executive reading this, please contact me at [email protected]. I will be happy to put you in touch with mayors and council members of cities who will welcome whatever you can do to help their citizens.And rather than tell you to hit the road, they will respectfully say, “Thank you”.

  • Greenie Beanie

    While democratic processes attach value to each individual, collectivism reduces each of us to a vessel for the will of pernicious quacks and their utopian delusions.

  • Natalya Y. Dambuyeva

    interesting fact that our local Wa-lmart Super-center donated only 200 dollars in recent fund-rising compaine for our local library and refused to give charity to our Sonnenberg two years ago, while the local small businesses gave in average $2,000-3,000.