Wal-Mart Gets Into the Election Game
By Kevin Robinson in News on Oct 27, 2010 2:00PM
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Having only Mark Kirk's responses listed shouldn't in itself be news; candidates often ignore requests for responses from political interest groups. But as Allison Kilkenny at Huffington Post points out, it appears that no Democrats answered the questionnaire. Again, it could be that Democrats have made a concerted and organized decision to reject Wal-Mart's entry into this year's midterm elections. But given the slanted nature of the questions ("Are you opposed to legislation that would take away an employee's right to a secret ballot election on deciding whether to join a labor union?" and "Will you vote to increase the global competitiveness of U.S. goods manufacturers, service providers and farmers by supporting reciprocal trade agreements?") and Wal-Mart's history of playing fast and loose with political activism, the utter dearth of Democratic responses on the site raises questions about the fairness of how the questionnaires were solicited.
We've asked the Giannoulias campaign, as well as Green Party candidate LeAlan Jones's campaign if the candidate had the opportunity to respond, and if he refused, why. We'll publish Giannoulias's and Jones's response if we hear back.