NYC Council to Walmart: Stop sending your “dangerous dollars” to our city’s charities

posted at 7:21 pm on June 4, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

I don’t even know what to say. Via the New York Post (hat tip to NRO), more than half of the members of the New York City Council have served Walmart with a letter demanding that the company stop making millions of dollars in charitable donations to local groups:

Twenty-six of the 51 members of the Council charged in the letter that the world’s biggest retailer’s support of local causes is a cynical ploy to enter the market here.

“We know how desperate you are to find a foothold in New York City to buy influence and support here,” says the letter, obtained by The Post and addressed to Walmart and the Walton Family Foundation.

“Stop spending your dangerous dollars in our city,” the testy letter demands. “That’s right: this is a cease-and-desist letter.”

Last week, Walmart announced that it distributed $3 million last year to charities here, including $1 million to the New York Women’s Foundation, which offers job training, and $30,000 to Bailey House, which distributes groceries to low-income residents.

Well. How very spiteful and heinously out-of-touch of them. Here’s Neil Cavuto interviewing dancing circles around New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer in defense of the letter this afternoon:


BRAMER: Walmart has a history of abusing its workers and profiting on the backs of hardworking men and women. … I think that where the [charitable donations] come from and where the money has been accumulated matters.  …

CAVUTO: If you are a New York City resident and you’re paying through the nose for everything from milk and coffee to bread to drugs, what’s wrong with a big-box retailer like Walmart coming in and offering you $4 prescription drugs, offering consumers in this city who could surely use a break, a break?

BRAMER: I don’t think you have to choose between having a retailer that offers competitive prices for its good and a retailer that treats its workers well. … When Walmart comes into a city, they take more than they give.

CAVUTO: Do you know how many people apply for the roughly 200 positions that the typical Walmart offers? 8,000. 8,000.

BRAMER: It doesn’t mean that those are good jobs.

OK, so… prohibiting whatever your definition of “bad jobs” happens to be (and those 8,000 average applicants apparently disagree), is better than not offering those jobs at all? Not to mention offering gobs of savings in consumer goods to low-income city residents? And who cares if Walmart is trying is indeed trying to spread some goodwill with some of the city’s movers and shakers? Let ‘em! The unions shutting out the competition of free market for their own entirely selfish ends will keep fighting back just as hard.


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more than half of the members of the New York City Council have served Walmart with a letter demanding that the company stop making millions of dollars in charitable donations to local groups

It’d be better for them to give those dollars directly to their floor workers.

Stoic Patriot on June 4, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Dear Walmart:

Please send your dollars to our charities here in Arizona. We welcome them, and you, to our state.

Sincerely,

Citizens of the Great State of Arizona

AZCoyote on June 4, 2014 at 7:29 PM

*facepalm*

BigGator5 on June 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Meanwhile the ghost of John Gotti laughs and laughs…

viking01 on June 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM

I saw this interview live. Absolutely amazing.

esr1951 on June 4, 2014 at 7:31 PM

OK, so… prohibiting whatever your definition of “bad jobs” happens to be (and those 8,000 average applicants apparently disagree), is better than not offering those jobs at all? Not to mention offering gobs of savings in consumer goods to low-income city residents? And who cares if Walmart is trying is indeed trying to spread some goodwill with some of the city’s movers and shakers? Let ‘em! The unions shutting out the competition of free market for their own entirely selfish ends will keep fighting back just as hard.

“Unions come before our citizens!!!”
/26 members of NYC City Council

Bitter Clinger on June 4, 2014 at 7:32 PM

More proof that liberals don’t care about the poor. They only care about making the rich poorer as the Great Baroness Thatcher (RIP) once remarked.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 4, 2014 at 7:33 PM

NYC’ers should send their councilmen and women a letter telling them to take their sanctimonious bs elsewhere.

JetBoy on June 4, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Ok…NYC is now officially even more batshit crazy then all of California. I bet those idiot are cheering for Bowe Bergdhal.

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 7:33 PM

I saw this clown on Cavuto’s show today, and it made me want to move to NYC just so I could vote against him. “It doesn’t mean those are good jobs” = “It’s better for New Yorkers to hit the dole than to lower themselves to work at Walmart”. Obnoxious nitwit.

BettyRuth on June 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Progressive.

Bruce MacMahon on June 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Liberalism really is a disease …

Whitey Ford on June 4, 2014 at 7:36 PM

The hidden meaning of the letter:

Send your money to our campaign offices if you want to open a store here.

BobMbx on June 4, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Progressivism….. It is evil.

ThePrez on June 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

NYC’ers should send their councilmen and women a letter telling them to take their sanctimonious bs elsewhere.

JetBoy on June 4, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Just before they vote them back in. Right?

Judge_Dredd on June 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

“Watch for falling Liberty”

Electrongod on June 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Just when I didn’t think it could get crazier…….

avagreen on June 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Seriously, I know WalMart has an entire staff that does things like ‘Can we expand our stores to this area and that area..’

Why would they want to deal with this $hit? Between zipperheads like this dork and DeBlasio???

Why bother?

Just say no.

Or, then again, maybe they are just greedy, soul-less bastards.

BigWyo on June 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM

If Walmart had any balls it would have ads on tv, radio, bus stops, subways all across NYC showing the letter and informing the good people what their city council asked a company not even in their city to do…

nextgen_repub on June 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM

The hidden meaning of the letter:

Send your money to our campaign offices if you want to open a store here.

BobMbx on June 4, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Nail meet hammer.

docflash on June 4, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Walmart effectively increases my wages by making my dollars go further with their lower prices. That’s why I shop there.

backwoods conservative on June 4, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Politicians ain’t gonna fix what politicians broke. Fools.

gryphon202 on June 4, 2014 at 7:45 PM

I bet N.Y. has been bought off for a lot less than 3 million.

Cindy Munford on June 4, 2014 at 7:46 PM

I love to visit NYC it truly is a great city except…the residents are proudly lib. It’s a paradox, great city/terrible politics. I think under their current mayor this may change when they declare bankruptcy again. Libs like to be morally superior until they run out of money.

warmairfan on June 4, 2014 at 7:47 PM

I like how he got the “Who has two thumbs and is a homo? ME!” line in there. That changes everything!

Listening to this thug is straight up fascism. He spent much of his time ranting against Walmart because of issues he thinks he disagrees with them on. And for him that is enough to send Walmart to the gas chamber.

I say let the leftist loons have that God awful city. Make it the Detroit on the Atlantic.

NotCoach on June 4, 2014 at 7:49 PM

I know what it’s like to be out of work and getting no pay. When I was given the chance to get a low paying job, I took it. Low pay is a whole lot better than no pay.

Making Walmart raise their wages as much as the liberals want them to would mean raising their prices to cover it. They would then lose their competitive advantage and probably their share of the market.

Liberals are always thinking of all the wonderful things they can do with other people’s money.

backwoods conservative on June 4, 2014 at 7:50 PM

…can’t make this stuff up!

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 7:51 PM

He ( Bramer ) is all hurt because he says Walmart does not support ghey adoption. That is the real reason he hates Walmart. His “husband” is probably proud of him tonight. His Facebook page is very telling.

rottenrobbie on June 4, 2014 at 7:51 PM

not taking a side on this..but it would seem the council members should have the same postion toward walmart that they have toward target and kmart..both of which have stores in the city.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Auction off the letter.

Give proceeds to charities in NYC.

Left Coast Right Mind on June 4, 2014 at 7:53 PM

It’s all of a piece. So what if people are hungry as long as we’re PC? Remember this from a couple of years ago?

Bloomberg Strikes Again: NYC Bans Food Donations To The Homeless

Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Glenn Richter arrived at a West Side synagogue on Monday to collect surplus bagels — fresh nutritious bagels — to donate to the poor. However, under a new edict from Bloomberg’s food police he can no longer donate the food to city homeless shelters.

It’s the “no bagels for you” edict.

“I can’t give you something that’s a supplement to the food you already have? Sorry that’s wrong,” Richter said.

Richter has been collecting food from places like the Ohav Zedek synagogue and bringing it to homeless shelters for more than 20 years, but recently his donation, including a “cholent” or carrot stew, was turned away because the Bloomberg administration wants to monitor the salt, fat and fiber eaten by the homeless.

INC on June 4, 2014 at 7:57 PM

By all means Progressives, continue to shut out low cost retailers that would actually bring real food and produce to those living below the poverty line.

I am sure they are quite happy eating junk food and burritos everyday from the local bodega.

Ya bunch a jerks!

can_con on June 4, 2014 at 7:57 PM

When my parents died in 2013, a New Yorker came out to California to visit us. Dad died February 23, and Mom October 13.

On both occasions the New Yorker tried to start a political fight with us.

When someone’s parents have just died horribly from cancer, that’s when you subject them to angry lectures about the Koch brothers.

Politik über alles.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM

My friends, here it is, we have finally found a shining example of the oft-debated, yet ever-evasive: peak derp.

I’d like to congratulate the NYC Council for this momentous achievement!

nullrouted on June 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM

CAVUTO: Do you know how many people apply for the roughly 200 positions that the typical Walmart offers? 8,000. 8,000.

BRAMER: It doesn’t mean that those are good jobs.

I think he has overdosed on the Purple Kool Aid. He is seriously delusional and way in over his head on the Liberal talking points memos.

Seriously dude they are real actual jobs that come with a paycheck, not some fantasy Obama created like jobs saved.

Johnnyreb on June 4, 2014 at 8:01 PM

CAVUTO: Do you know how many people apply for the roughly 200 positions that the typical Walmart offers? 8,000. 8,000.

BRAMER: It doesn’t mean that those are good jobs.

I think he has overdosed on the Purple Kool Aid. He is seriously delusional and way in over his head on the Liberal talking points memos.

Seriously dude they are real actual jobs that come with a paycheck, not some fantasy Obama created like jobs saved.

Johnnyreb on June 4, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Remind me of this scene from Monsters University, This Guy Hates Charity

D-fusit on June 4, 2014 at 8:01 PM

I wish Cavuto had gotten spokespeople for the charities mentioned to give their opinions on the matter.
Would love to hear one of them say “That’s right, we don’t want their money”
Or to hear one of them say “Shut the hell up! You don’t speak for me!”

redshirt on June 4, 2014 at 8:02 PM

But Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called the donations “toxic money,

“Activist” Never held or created a real job in her life.

New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer

“Community Organizer” Never held or created a real job in his life.

The rest of the city council -and the Mayor – have the same impressive resumes. I guess being a rabble-rousing parasite is the quickest way to advance in the Democrat Party.

RadClown on June 4, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Well. How very spiteful and heinously out-of-touch of them. Here’s Neil Cavuto interviewing dancing circles around New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer in defense of the letter this afternoon

See? This is why NYC denizens can’t have nice things…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 4, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Can’t keep our health insurance policies because they’re “bad.”

Can’t feed our kids food that they’ll actually eat because our choices are “bad.”

Can’t have lightbulbs or toilets that work because our choices are “bad”.

Can’t have jobs at Walmart because they’re “bad”.

Can’t accept charitable donations from Walmart because its’ money is “bad”.

Isn’t it great to have all of these smart people looking out for us poor, dumb schmucks?

obladioblada on June 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Well Walmart is the only retailer that pays low wages and sells stuff from China people.

CW on June 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

I don’t think you have to choose between having a retailer that offers competitive prices for its good and a retailer that treats its workers well.

Even if we let him beg the question about whether or not Wal-Mart treats its employees well, given the price of groceries in New York City, I think it’s probably pretty evident that you do, in fact, have to choose between $4 generic prescription drugs and cashiers making $15 an hour.

Madcap_Magician on June 4, 2014 at 8:23 PM

I watched Cavuto box the effeminate little Princess, (he offered that he was openly gay)around for the entire segment. The loon was butt hurt that the Walton Family donates to charities that do not support the gay agenda, among other left wing complaints. I laughed as Neil mopped the floor with his squirrely tuokus.

bimmcorp on June 4, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Fooook NYC

I will never go back and give them another dime of my vacation dollars

Same with California. I spent over a year in Carmel, 1 week at a time, but never again give my money to that state either

txdoc on June 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM

That whole story and the interview have to be fake. No way anybody is as stupid as that guy. How can anyone be so misguided and lack basic critical thinking skills because they are so blinded by such shallow political correctness. Cavuto destroyed the guy and he had no idea what a fool he was on national tv. NY is a strange place.

Ellis on June 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM

BRAMER: Walmart has a history of abusing its workers and profiting on the backs of hardworking men and women. … I think that where the [charitable donations] come from and where the money has been accumulated matters. …

Bramer’s main irritation with WalMart and the primary issue Bramer continued to return to as to why he objected to them being in NYC was that Bramer, “as an openly gay man” (and that was apparent) finds WalMart not worthy to practice business because they have issues with “‘gay’ marriage” and Bramer referred to WalMart in disgusting terms as to that several times — and the only times Bramer got audibly/visibly antagonistic.

So I think all Bramer’s talk otherwise about ‘jobs’ and related was mere cover for what and why he was actually opposed to WalMart.

Lourdes on June 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Well Walmart is the only retailer that pays low wages and sells stuff from China people.

CW on June 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

But it’s also one of the very few retailers where a family can buy groceries for the week when they only have about a hundred bucks.

What costs, say, $11. at an Alberson’s in CA will cost about $7. at a WalMart (or even less).

Lourdes on June 4, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Fooook NYC

I will never go back and give them another dime of my vacation dollars
txdoc on June 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Do you mind if I take their dollars? Got to earn a living after all.

CTSherman on June 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM

He ( Bramer ) is all hurt because he says Walmart does not support ghey adoption. That is the real reason he hates Walmart. His “husband” is probably proud of him tonight. His Facebook page is very telling.

rottenrobbie on June 4, 2014 at 7:51 PM

You’re right, it was “‘gay’ adoption” he was so hot about, what he repeatedly identified as why he opposes WalMart. It’s not really about the jobs, nor really about the children, it’s about ‘gay’ according to Bramer.

Lourdes on June 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Yet another shining example that liberalism is a mental disorder.

Ta111 on June 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Saw part of that interview on Cavutos show and thought those idiots in NY who vote for these honeys are begging for a California
type of existence.

Happy I left that region for Texas years ago.

Texyank on June 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Neither the NYC Council members or the Mayor have any sympathy for WalMart employees.

This is all about private charities “upstaging” socialized government.

NYC municipal government wants altogether RID … of private charities … period.

listens2glenn on June 4, 2014 at 8:56 PM

txdoc on June 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Amen to that.

Texyank on June 4, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Well Walmart is the only retailer that pays low wages and sells stuff from China people.

CW on June 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Trolling??

bimmcorp on June 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Well Walmart is the only retailer that pays low wages and sells stuff from China people.

No, they aren’t. I don’t know what communist paradise you live in, but in most of this country Wal Mart is far from the only retail establishment who pays minimum wage or slightly above it. The cashiers at McDonalds, CVS, and your local movie theater are usually *not* bringing home $15 or even $10 an hour. And because they are lowly paid, the low prices of establishments like Wal Mart give them more money to pay their bills.

What happens if you shut down all those evil Wal Marts? Those same low wage workers aren’t going to suddenly be making twice as much as they did the day before and now it’s going to be almost impossible to feed themselves or buy toilet paper on their salary. Really awesome plan, do-gooders!

I also highly doubt that every other retail establishment on the planet is selling ONLY American made products, especially since Wal-Mart is carrying most of those same products in their stores.

It may seem altruistic for the well-off to decide that the poor don’t need to shop at Wal-Mart or to be employed there, even if it’s an option they chose willingly. But all you are doing by that is hurting those who need help most. And by the way, I don’t recall anyone asking you to intervene on their behalf.

dogwoodtiredkat on June 4, 2014 at 9:08 PM

So, it looks like there are several Costco’s in New York City.

Count to 10 on June 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

If Walmart had any balls it would have ads on tv, radio, bus stops, subways all across NYC showing the letter and informing the good people what their city council asked a company not even in their city to do…

nextgen_repub

The city just elected a communist for mayor. They probably agree with this moron councilman.

xblade on June 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Liberal Logic: no jobs > bad jobs.

DanielObrien42 on June 4, 2014 at 9:22 PM

dogwoodtiredkat on June 4, 2014 at 9:08 PM

As a retiree on a very limited Social Security pension, Wal-Mart is an absolute life sustaining entity for me. While it is true that I am blessed with some food producing animals, I depend upon them for my household needs, clothing and groceries that I am unable to produce for myself. I have yet to hear or see a Wal-Mart employee complaining about their job, and I see many of them employed for years there. I, for one, am tired of the wealthier elite do-gooders attempting to speak for me when they have absolutely no concept of how difficult it is to live on what I do. Wish they would simply shut the hell up and leave Wal-Mart AND me alone. We are good for one another. As it should be.

bimmcorp on June 4, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Swear to God, if I was Wal-mart, I’d close every single store in the Country, tomorrow morning, 0700.

Who wants to bet how fast the left would scream about “Evil Corporate Abandonment” or some other ridiculous shit?

a5minmajor on June 4, 2014 at 9:40 PM

When I lived in the SF Bay area (Thank God I escaped) there were about 6 Target stores for every Wal-Mart. The Target stores were not doing too well but it was hard to find a parking space at Wal-Mart, even late at night.
People need Wal-Mart in places with a high cost of living; the Libs do everything in their power to try and keep them out. When I left in 2007 there had been a multi-year legal battle by Wal-Mart to build a new store; the city had gone to the point of passing ordinances against “big box” stores after all their other attempts failed.
It really is a mental disease.

mad scientist on June 4, 2014 at 10:15 PM

CW on June 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

When I requested time off to attend The Texas State GOP Convention-it officially starts tomm.-I was given time off by my Walmart. Normally, the week before inventory is no go. I’m taking he time off as my PAID vacation. Walmart is okay

annoyinglittletwerp on June 4, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Why do Liberals also hate Costco? They’re known for how well they treat their employees.
Perhaps it really is a mental disease.

mad scientist on June 4, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I wonder if they asked the charities involved if it would be ok for them to brow-beat WalMart?

darkpixel on June 4, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Damn Walmart and there charity money. They should be using it to bribe these righteous politicians.

JoshuaH on June 4, 2014 at 10:31 PM

*their

JoshuaH on June 4, 2014 at 10:32 PM

NYC can burn for all I care. Since about 6 months after 9/11 they have more than demonstrated they are worthy of no sympathy for anything at all. At this point I’d barely raise my eyebrows if they got nuked. My concern would be for the country, not the bunch of sniveling liberal traitors that inhabit that city.

Apologies to the 5 dumbass conservatives still living in NYC, but I have to ask, why are you still there? Dumbasses.

Diluculo on June 4, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Honestly… why is walmart doing that?… I mean… I’d take the money but they could be correct in saying walmart is simply doing it to buy favor in the city.

Now, the fact that the money worries them means that they’re for sale… which says something else here… but walmart probably is only doing this to buy favor… am I reading this wrong?

Karmashock on June 4, 2014 at 11:48 PM

It is amazing how “our betters” keep telling us that what we wasn’t isn’t good enough for us as an excuse to take it away and leave us with nothing.

The guy with the nice suit and tie and cushy government job might be able to be choosy about his employment, but in this economy, most of the rest of us can’t be as picky.

Let us decide for ourselves.

Isn’t is amazing how “pro-choice” Democrats are only pro-choice when it comes to abortion? They seem to want to take away all choice in every single other matter. We should be able to sue them for false advertising.

Theophile on June 5, 2014 at 5:33 AM

I saw this clown on Cavuto’s show today, and it made me want to move to NYC just so I could vote against him. “It doesn’t mean those are good jobs” = “It’s better for New Yorkers to hit the dole than to lower themselves to work at Walmart”. Obnoxious nitwit.

BettyRuth on June 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

To many of NYC politicians it is absolutely much better for them to be on the dole. Their dependency makes them more receptive to “if he’s elected my opponent plans to cut/gut/eliminate (insert favorite city government handout) and likely to continue voting for Democrats.

Nomas on June 5, 2014 at 7:35 AM

I think filmmaker John Carpenter should be considered something of a prophet, because it sounds like New York City already is a maximum security prison, with its own residents prisoners of a dictatorial city council and a loopy progressive warden of a mayor!

Wonder when they’ll erect the surrounding wall and start mining the bridges?

pilamaye on June 5, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Libs like to be morally superior until they run out of other people’s money.

warmairfan on June 4, 2014 at 7:47 PM

FIFY.

Of course, this would work, too:

Libs like to be morally superior until they run out of money.

warmairfan on June 4, 2014 at 7:47 PM

GWB on June 5, 2014 at 9:05 AM

BRAMER: Walmart New York has a history of abusing its workers and profiting on the backs of hardworking men and women.

FIFY

s1im on June 5, 2014 at 12:59 PM

WalMart should open a store 50 yards outside their jurisdiction, at the 4 cardinal points of the compass.

PJ Emeritus on June 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Free speech has no place in NYC, if it doesn’t say what the Council wants.

Official government oppression.

As Obama likes to say “That’s what America is all about.”

s1im on June 5, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Walmart provides what you would think progressives would want for the poor: reasonable-quality goods at very modest prices. That they rabidly oppose Walmart tells you how much they actually care about the poor.

lovesthesun on June 5, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Is it any wonder that so many New Yorkers have already moved out of New York? Bunch of nuts, but the, it is expected of Liberals/Progs/Dems.

jacobim on June 5, 2014 at 7:51 PM