Wal-Mart’s Role

Backers of the Main Street eFairness Act want people to believe that Mom and Pop stores are the primary supporters of these online tax laws. However, it is well documented that it is the Big Box retailers – led by Wal-Mart – that are funding the multimillion dollar effort.

Here’s what leading media outlets had to say about Wal-Mart’s role in pushing for online tax legislation that mostly benefits the Wal-Mart agenda – not Main Street:

Wal-Mart is one of the main backers of the campaign – and it is a campaign – and is bent on ensuring that the world’s largest Internet retailer doesn’t become the world’s largest retailer, a perch held by Wal-Mart. – Sacramento Bee

Analysts at Wells Fargo Securities (WFC) recently surveyed a range of products and found that even without factoring in sales tax, Amazon’s prices were, on average, 5 to 6 percent lower than Wal-Mart’s and 12 to 13 percent below Target’s. – BusinessWeek

Giant retailers like Wal-Mart and Target are using mom and pop stores as human shields in their battle against Amazon.com over taxing online sales. The powerful real estate investment trusts that build bricks-and-mortar malls, along with the big box stores they rent or sell to, now want you to pay a sales tax on Internet purchases. And it’s being done in the name of the small merchants that were dispatched to an early grave by the likes of Wal-Mart. - The Huffington Post

It is not surprising that Arkansas lawmakers passed this bill, given the fact that one of its biggest boosters across the country is an Arkansas-based company that has been killing Main Street businesses for nearly half a century: Wal-Mart.
– Sprawl Busters.com

Rummage around Walmart.com, and you’ll find you can buy items from a variety of Wal-Mart affiliates. One is CSN Stores. It happily proclaims that “one of the best things about buying through CSN Stores is that we do not have to charge sales tax.” - Sacramento Bee

Politicians and special interest groups are fond of using the term “Main Street” to suggest small business and as a separate thing from the big businesses on “Wall Street.” This couldn’t be further from the truth with the Main Street Fairness Act. Currently Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Sears are all spending millions of dollars to lobby politicians to pass this bill into law.
- timothyyordy.com

Ironically, the national chain stores, which helped drive many of these small retailers to an early grave, are promoting the cause by wrapping themselves in a “Main Street” banner — even though none of them are located on Main Street — but off in some concrete bunker near the highway exit ramp. If this legislation were called the “Wal-Mart Fairness Act,” no lawmaker would touch it. Big Box stores understand the importance of proper packaging. They also have learned that retailing and politics are both about salesmanship. – Huffington Post

Wal-Mart may pay low wages to its workers. But it’s not one to scrimp on politics. The Arkansas-based company has spent more than $11 million on campaign donations in California alone during the past decade and another $2.3 million on lobbying in Sacramento.
– Sacramento Bee

So Wal-Mart, who has experienced denial of entry to select markets through skillful use of the political process by entrenched local retailing interests using the economies of scale straw man argument, now seeks to hypocritically use the same political process to bash its online competitors into economic oblivion with the sales tax avoidance straw man argument. – tomroberson.com

Amazon no doubt has taken business from bookstores. But no retailer has had a worse impact on Main Street business than Wal-Mart. – Sacramento Bee