Republican's Wal-Mart Watch
Two leading Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate rallied with labor leaders in Baltimore yesterday, as part of a bus tour aimed at getting Wal-Mart to provide better health benefits to its employees.
Congressman Ben Cardin and former NAACP president Kweisi Mfume decried the nation's current health care system, and pledged to support efforts to revive the so-called "Wal-Mart law," the Maryland legislation that would have forced the company to spend more on its health benefits. The law was struck down in federal court last month.
As the event was concluding, though, the Republican Party's oppo team jumped on an item buried in one of Cardin's old campaign reports.
"In light of Ben Cardin's attacks on Wal-Mart today, it's interesting to note that he has no problem taking their campaign contributions," state GOP spokeswoman Audra Miller wrote, attaching a line from his report showing what was actually a $145 expenditure (not a contribution) made by Cardin's campaign at a Baltimore-area Wal-Mart in 2003.
Someone apparently pointed out to Miller that the item was an expenditure, because a few moments later she sent out this quip: "Corrected: He shops there."
No word, though, what was purchased.
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