Why Hasn’t Wal-Mart Dropped ALEC, Too?

Right now the country’s largest retailer and employer, Wal-Mart, and the Walton family, which largely controls the company, remain supporters of ALEC. Looking a little closer, we can see why. Encouraging gun possession and sales is good business for Wal-Mart and for the six Walton family members who inherited the company. Wal-Mart is the nation’s largest seller of guns and ammunition, and we know that gun violence has disproportionately affected communities of color.

Not only are Wal-Mart and the Walton Family Foundation members of ALEC, but the company also played an active role in helping advance the “Stand your ground” law. In 2005 Wal-Mart executive Janet Scott co-chaired ALEC’s Criminal Justice Task Force (it later became the Public Safety and Elections Task Force in 2009) when the National Rifle Association successfully lobbied the task force to support the “Stand your ground” legislation.

And this is not the only way that Wal-Mart and the Walton clan are using their wealth to encourage a culture of divisiveness and hate in our country. In other efforts through ALEC, Wal-Mart has supported the so-called voter-ID laws, which disproportionately keep communities of color from being able to vote.

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