Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Complaint to IRS alleges Walmart used foundation grants to its business advantage

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 6:34 AM

walmart-foundation.png

A coalition of labor organizations and community groups filed a complaint yesterday with the Internal Revenue Service that alleges Walmart has targeted its grantmaking via the Walmart Foundation to soften opposition to its expansion in several major U.S. cities.

The Walmart Foundation is a charitable nonprofit distinct and separate from the Walton Family Foundation, which engages in explicit advocacy work around education and other issues. The Walmart Foundation's website says the nonprofit gave $309 million in cash worldwide in 2014 and another $1 billion in-kind.

But the complaint alleges that some of those donations were made with an eye towards promoting Walmart's business interests in cities with strong opposition to the retailer's expansion into local markets, such as New York, Los Angeles and D.C.

The group claimed donations spiked around efforts to open stores in a community. For example, it said donations in Los Angeles jumped to $1.4 million in 2011 as plans for a new store in Chinatown gathered steam before dropping off to $230,000 in 2013, the year it opened, the complaint said.
...
In the 22-page complaint the group also claimed that Wal-Mart was only soliciting applications from groups that did not put the company in a negative light.

If the IRS finds that the foundation's grantmaking was intended to help the business secure market share, that could be a violation of its status as a tax-exempt nonprofit.

Walmart, of course, said the complaint was without merit.

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by Benjamin Hardy

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Executionpalooza

    Appearances count. I was struck by a single sentence over the weekend in a full page of coverage in The New York Times devoted to the killing spree in Arkansas, beginning with a front-page account of the recent flurry of legal filings on pending executions and continuing inside with an interview with Damien Echols, the former death row inmate.
  • Art bull

    "God, I hate art," my late friend The Doctor used to say.
  • Not justice

    The strongest, most enduring calls for the death penalty come from those who feel deeply the moral righteousness of "eye-for-an-eye" justice, or retribution. From the depths of pain and the heights of moral offense comes the cry, "The suffering you cause is the suffering you shall receive!" From the true moral insight that punishment should fit the crime, cool logic concludes, "Killers should be killed." Yet I say: retribution yes; death penalty no.
  • Judge Griffen writes about morality, Christian values and executions

    Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, who blogs at Justice is a verb!, sends along a new post this morning.
  • The Ledell Lee execution thread

    Arkansas Times contributor Jacob Rosenberg is at the Cummins Unit in Grady filing dispatches tonight in advance of the expected execution of Ledell Lee, who was sentenced to death for the Feb. 9, 1993, murder of Debra Reese, 26, who was beaten to death in the bedroom of her home in Jacksonville.

Visit Arkansas

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism

Most Viewed

  • Lee's lawyer writes about executed man's last hours

    Lee Short, the lawyer for Ledell Lee, the man Arkansas put to death just before midnight last night, posted on Facebook the following letter of thanks for personal support and a bit about Lee's last hours, distributing his possessions and talking to family.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

Slideshows

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation