Union Group Links President Bush With Wal-Mart

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:23 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A union-affiliated group says it plans to run campaign ads linking Wal-Mart's "right-wing" agenda with that of President George W. Bush.

In other words, if you hate President Bush, you should hate Wal-Mart as well. It may be a stretch, but the midterm election is just three weeks away.

WakeUpWalMart.com, a group that wants to unionize Wal-Mart employees, has waged a months-long battle against the giant retailer, accusing it of underpaying employees, denying them affordable health care benefits, and shipping jobs overseas.

"The bottom line is while Wal-Mart's dangerous right-wing agenda may be good for George Bush, it is bad for Wal-Mart's employees and bad for America," Paul Blank, campaign director for WakeUpWalMart.com, said on Thursday.

Blank said his group's new campaign push is a response to Wal-Mart's announcement that it will let its 1.3 employees know which politicians (Democrats) appeared this summer at a series of anti-Wal-Mart rallies organized by WakeUpWalMart.

WakeUpWalMart.com said its new "voter education campaign" will highlight Wal-Mart's continued support for a "right wing agenda that is wrong for America."

The voter education campaign will consist of TV ads, direct mail, automated telephone calls, door-hangers and canvassing, and in-store actions. It will target both consumers and Wal-Mart employees in multiple battleground states, the anti-Wal-Mart group said.

WakeUpWalMart.com will launch its voter education program on Monday, October 23, an effort that will continue for 15 straight days leading up to Election Day on November 7.

"Wal-Mart's decision to declare war on Democrats who are calling on the company to pay a better wage, provide affordable health care, and treat its employees with dignity and respect is a disgrace, and shows just how right-wing Wal-Mart has become," Blank said.

One of the group's political ads asks, "Why does George Bush smile when you shop at Wal-Mart? Because Wal-Mart contributed 80% of its campaign money to George Bush and right-wing politicians. And Wal-Mart supports a right wing agenda that ships American jobs to China; fails to provide affordable health care; denies workers a living wage; and even lobbies against strengthening port security."

The tag line reads, "Wal-Mart: Good for George Bush, bad for America."

The ads direct viewers to a website that promises to "help America smile again," a reference Wal-Mart's "smiley face" icon.

Across the country, many Democrats are pinning their hopes on campaign ads that blast President Bush -- or mention their opponents' support for Bush. Even some Republicans are keeping their distance from a president who is viewed in some circles as more of a political liability than an asset.

See Earlier Story:
Wal-Mart 'Has Declared War' on Dems, Union Foe Charges (16 Oct. 2006)

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