Wal-Mart Claims Gift Cards to Democrats not Bribes
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Apr 17, 2012, 06:59 PM
Wal-Mart handed out $50,000 in gift cards to Democratic National Committee officials but claims they should not be considered bribes. Instead, they should be referred to as an “in-kind contribution.”

According to Politico, “mega retailer Wal-Mart is giving the host committee for the Democratic National Convention $50,000 in gift cards, a host committee confirmed to Politico. The official explained that the gift cards are considered an in-kind contribution, so they do not violate the strict Democratic National Committee rules which bar corporate cash donations.”

A host committee official said, “Charlotte in 2012 has received gift cards from Wal-Mart as in-kind contributions. Per the master contract with the DNCC, Charlotte in 2012 may only accept in-kinds that offer budget relief, and this gift is intended to be used exclusively for office supplies required by the contract.”

As reported by Politico, “the official noted that Wal-Mart does not set up ‘in-kind accounts’ for office supplies which is why they issued gift cards.”

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed that in September Charlotte organizers are expected to raise $37 million but none of the cash should come from lobbyists, corporations or political action committees.

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