According to the government watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), the nation’s largest retailer continues to fund Al Sharpton’s organization, and has repeatedly ignored requests to stop doing so.
The organization asked Wal-Mart to stop giving to Sharpton in light of the brutal NYPD cop murders.
Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, is another NAN corporate contributor. It has contributed annually to Sharpton’s group since 2005. As a result, the company that many on the Left love to hate has received no grief from Sharpton. Instead, Esther Silver-Parker, Senior Vice President of Diversity Relations for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., received the Corporate Executive of Excellence Award at the NAN convention last April.
In 2006, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, an ardent Wal-Mart critic, accused the retail giant of trying to “throw money at us” to buy Jackson’s silence. Sharpton said that didn’t happen in his case. “Wal-Mart has in no way tried to persuade me with money.” (New York Post, July 15, 2008)
When Wal-Mart shareholders expressed their concerns about their company’s gifts to Sharpton, they received this uninformative e-mail.
“Wal-Mart supports the National Action Network (NAN) as part of an ongoing effort to partner with national organizations that support issues and initiatives of importance to our customers, and the communities we serve,” the Wal-Mart statement said. “Our support for NAN is focused on addressing health and wellness issues and other issues important to our customers and associates. Our company will continue to support organizations that can further our mission to help people live better.” (NLPC, Oct. 19, 2009)
Wal-Mart also gave to Sharpton’s National Action Network on his 60th birthday. The event raised over a million dollars!
Here are some of the other donors.
Advent Capital Management LLC
AFSCME District Council 37
Alabama Power Foundation
American Federation of Government Employees
American Federation of Teachers
Calhoun Enterprises Inc.
Forest City Ratner Companies
GE Asset Management
Infrastructure Engineering Inc.
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 237
Jackson Lewis PC
Loop Capital Management
MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.
New York Amsterdam News
Perennial Strategy Group
Rush Communications/Russell Simmons
Service Employees International Union Local 1199
UniWorld Group Inc.
The Williams Group