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Wal-Mart Bumps Up the Lobbying

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which is seeking to build bulk quantities of stores in D.C., has quadrupled the retainer it pays to well-connected lobbyist David Wilmot. The beloved group home leader took in $60k from Wal-Mart during the last six months of 2010, lobbying disclosure forms show. That's up from $15k during the first half of last year.

Other interesting tidbits from the Jan 10th lobbying disclosure filings, which cover the last half of last year:

  • The Marijuana Policy Project lobbied only one councilmember directly: David Catania.
  • ACLU's lobbying costs for the last six months: $400
  • The D.C. Hospital Association spent nearly $100k and lobbied almost every city official under the sun, including Gray's old transition director, Reuben Charles.
  • For some reason General Motors spent $10k lobbying District officials.
  • John Ray, an attorney for CM Harry Thomas Jr. who is helping the councilmember fend off the Office of Attorney General's probe into Thomas' sports youth non-profit, is the lobbyist for Rhode Island Avenue Metro LLC. The Post has reported that Rhode Island donated money to Thomas' non-profit, and he voted to give the development tax breaks. Rhode Island spent $28k on lobbying during the last six months.
  • The pharmaceutical lobby paid Wilmot $26,250 for his services. Anheuser-Busch paid him $21k.
  • The big beverage lobby, which opposes the so-called soda tax, spent about $35k on "grassroots advocacy."

Want more? Comb through the filings here. Let LL know if you spot anything good.



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  • Truth Hurts

    So has Wilmot paid DC the fines he owes it yet? Sounds like he has the bucks.

  • Liar Liar Pants on Fire

    DC Office of Campaign Finance lobbying records indicate that Wilmot has been lobbying the DC City Council (every member), on behalf of Wal-Mart, as far back as 2007.

    Are we really to believe, as these council members (such as Muriel Bowser of Ward 4) say, that they didn't find out about Wal-Mart's plans to come to the city until Wal-Mart's announcement in November 2010? What was Wilmot getting all of that money from Wal-Mart for?

    Follow the money Mr. Suderman.

  • NU78

    Maybe GM wanted the city to buy its vehicles...?

  • meanteeth

    @ Liar Liar-- Walmart has attempted to come here twice before, in totally different places from the current proposal. Follow the news, Pants on Fire.

  • wardocinco

    I bet GM wants the District to help promote electric cars.