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Wal-Mart Warns Of Dem Win — Which Businesses Lean Right?

If the price is right, do you care if a store's politics might be Right as well? Wal-Mart has taken a break from rolling back prices, to roll out a campaign among their store managers nationwide to warn that if Democrats take power in November, a law change easing the way for workers to unionize, won't be far behind.

In the past few weeks, thousands of Wal-Mart managers have been called to mandatory meetings where, according to about a dozen workers who've attended the meetings, the corporate representatives are making it clear that a vote for Obama in November will be equal to letting unions in — sparking higher payroll and health costs.

One employee attending such a meeting said, "the meeting leader said, 'I am not telling you how to vote, but if the Democrats win, this bill will pass and you won't have a vote on whether you want a union. I am not a stupid person. They were telling me how to vote."

A Wal-Mart spokesman said, "if anyone representing Wal-Mart gave the impression we were telling associates how to vote, they were wrong and acting without approval." Adding that the meetings were designed to educate workers about the Employee Free Choice Act, which they think is a bad bill.

Is your shopping cart getting involved in the election too? To see other business that with possible ties to party politics,


Stores and companies thought to have ties to the Republican party (for you to support or not, depending on your own proclivities) include:

Wendy's Hamburgers, Dominos Pizza, Olive Garden, Dell Computers, Curves Gym, UPS, Coors, Disney, Chevron, American Airlines and Outback Steakhouse.

I don't know about you, but the news makes me want a Bloomin' Onion now, 2,275 calories or not. To find out where corporate money goes, OpenSecrets lets you search by donor name, organization name, industry and more, so you can see where their money goes before you give them yours.

Do you think about the political affiliation of a company before you buy? Does Wal-Mart's information campaign just make for good business sense for them — or is it unfair pressure on employees to vote Republican?


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