Half of the New York City Council has asked Walmart to stop making charitable contributions there.
Read more from the New York Post:
Twenty-six of the 51 members of the Council charged in the letter that the world’s biggest retailer’s support of local causes is a cynical ploy to enter the market here.
“We know how desperate you are to find a foothold in New York City to buy influence and support here,” says the letter, obtained by The Post and addressed to Walmart and the Walton Family Foundation.
“Stop spending your dangerous dollars in our city,” the testy letter demands. “That’s right: this is a cease-and-desist letter.”
Last week, Walmart announced that it distributed $3 million last year to charities here, including $1 million to the New York Women’s Foundation, which offers job training, and $30,000 to Bailey House, which distributes groceries to low-income residents.
Walmart, which has been thwarted by union-backed opposition for more than a decade, said the handouts “can make a difference on big issues like hunger relief and career development.”
The retail giant said its business agenda “aligns with supporting the local organizations that are important to our customers and associates.”
But Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called the donations “toxic money,” and accused Walmart of waging a “cynical public-relations campaign that disguises Walmart’s backwards anti-job agenda.”
Today on “Your World,” Neil Cavuto took on New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who signed onto the letter.
The two sparred over jobs, with Cavuto maintaining that Walmart would be good for business and Van Bramer accusing Walmart of being a job killer.
Cavuto asked Van Bramer why he doesn’t apply the same wrath to Costco and other big box retailers, asking if it’s because they’re pro-union or have views that mirror Van Bramer’s.
“Well make no mistake, I am pro-union, and certainly as an openly gay man, I am deeply offended by the Walton family and what they’ve done in many cases," he said.
“Would you put either aside to say, ‘You know what, I am pro-choice on savings?’” Cavuto asked.
Hear the discussion above.