||Issue No. 322||01 September 2006|
Justice, Applied Liberally
Interview: Australia’s Most Wanted
Industrial: The Fox and the Contractor
Unions: Industrial Wasteland
International: Two Bob's Worth
Economics: National Interest
Environment: The Real Dinosaur
History: Only In Spain?
Review: Clerk Off
Astroboy Blasts Off
Working Families for Wal-Mart member and prominent businessman, Herman Cain, lashed out at “Hezbocrats” - including Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton - for disagreeing with the company's policies.
In an opinion article for townhall.com, the Godfather's Pizza restaurant owner refers to Democrats as "a roaming band of militant guerrillas".
Clinton, a former Wal-Mart director, returned a $5000 political donation from the company earlier this year citing "differences with current company practices".
Wal-Mart, which has admitted to partially funding Working Families for Wal-Mart, was forced to release a statement saying Cain did not speak for the retail chain.
Cain's outburst follows the resignation of the group's spokesman Andrew Young for racist remarks.
Young claimed Wal-Mart was good for communities because smaller grocery stores were ripping people off.
"First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it's Arabs," Young said.
Working Families for Wal-Mart's advisory board is made up of conservative businesspeople and politicians.
Their campaign is reportedly overseen by Republican-connected spin-doctors, the Herald Group.
Astroturfing, setting up public relations front groups to give the impression of grassroots support for conservative causes, is used in Australia through groups such as the Independent Contractors of Australia and the Australian Environment Foundation.
Workers Online revealed last month the Independent Contractors of Australia, which has close links to conservative think tanks, is supported by 0.1 per cent of its potential members.
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