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The Wall Street Journal reports that in Los Angeles, where debate continues over a Walmart store being built in the city's Chinatown neighborhood, unions and other opponents of the development "are pressuring politicians to reject or return the retailer's campaign donations as a way to curb the company's influence as it tries to expand in major cities.

"Last week, three candidates in the crowded field for the 2013 Los Angeles mayor's race said they would refuse any donations that Wal-Mart offers. They were responding to a May letter signed by 11 union heads and sent to hundreds of candidates and public officials in Los Angeles County, calling on them to reject or return contributions from the company."

According to the story, "Wal-Mart officials said the unions won't stop them from opening smaller neighborhood stores and groceries in urban centers, nor from communicating directly with residents and customers about what they say are the stores' economic benefits."

The political strategy, it seems, is likely to be adopted by Walmart opponents in other areas of the country - like, for example, New York City.
KC's View:
I'm getting to the point where almost every sentence with the words "politics" and "money" makes my hair hurt.