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From the Center for Public Integrity:
Another video segment from 2001 shows Norm Lezy, a retired Air Force lieutenant general who’d opened Wal-Mart’s first Washington office in 1999, making the case for the company’s PAC and explaining what it gets for its money. “Let’s be frank,” Lezy begins. “In this day and age, if you don’t have a good political action committee operation to support candidates, you really can’t do much in Washington.” Lezy proceeds to tell his audience the story of a breakfast meeting that he and another Wal-Mart lobbyist hosted for an unnamed U.S. senator. “For a PAC contribution, we sat and had an audience with this senator — eight of us, for an hour and a half,” he says. “We covered every issue that’s important to us and important to you, and let me tell you, you just get that quality time, and that’s the way it works.”
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated percentage of U.S. gasoline consumption that occurs during traffic jams:
In India, 1.8 million female children were estimated to have died between 1985 and 2005 as an indirect result of domestic violence against their mothers; the boys of abused mothers were not at increased risk of death.
Vanilla latte and lemon pound cake continued to be the best-selling items at the Starbucks at CIA headquarters, where baristas do not write customers’ names on their cups.
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