August 17, 2006 – Looking to ensure Republicans continue to look out for their best interests, corporate giant Wal-Mart is mailing 18,000 “voter guides” to its employees in Iowa, which holds the first presidential primary in 2008. The guide attacks a number of potential Democratic candidates for president who continue to support groups that oppose Wal-Mart’s everyday low wages and dismal treatment of their employees.
The guide singles out Governors Bill Richardson (NM) and Tom Vilsack (IA), Senator Evan Bayh (IN) and former Senator Joe Biden (DE), who are traveling the country to educate elected officials about how Wal-Mart’s low wages, poor benefits and questionable treatment of its employees damage entire communities.
Wal-Mart’s disregard for their employees continues to come at the cost of working families. Each Wal-Mart store employing 200 people costs taxpayers approximately $420,750 annually in public social services used by Wal-Mart workers whose low wages and unaffordable health insurance mean most of them are among the working poor.