Now available from Wal-Mart: sunlight

May 15, 2015

Wal-Mart is getting into the sunlight business.

Bowing to shareholder pressure, the retail giant will begin disclosing state-level details about its lobbying spending, Reuters’ Nathan Layne reported this week. The move is intended to provide further transparency into the millions of dollars that the company uses to gain influence on public policy.

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As this Reuters graphic shows, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, in 2014 Wal-Mart doled out $7 million to lobbying groups including the Podesta Group and (former Oklahoma Senator Don) Nickles Group. State-level data from those that require it show that Wal-Marts spent additional hundreds of thousands in states like Texas, Florida and California, all of which have hundreds of Wal-Mart outlets.

Overall, Wal-Mart is nothing if not a bipartisan donor: top recipients for the 2014 campaign cycle included the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

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