Media Alert: Watch Out for Wal-MartWatch

Published November 18, 2005

This past week, an activist group calling itself Wal-MartWatch claimed to host more than 1,000 events protesting Wal-Mart’s hiring practices. The group apparently got more than 400 unions, environmental advocacy groups, and other liberal groups to cosponsor the events as part of its “Higher Expectations Week.”

In the interest of balanced news coverage, The Heartland Institute offers links to the following five short essays published by Heartland during the past year or so, all of them posted on Heartland’s Web site at, and all of them defending Wal-Mart’s practices. The titles and email addresses for the authors also appear below if you’d like to interview the authors.

None of these authors was paid to defend Wal-Mart, and The Heartland Institute does not receiving funding from Wal-Mart.

Please don’t hesitate to call me if you have any questions.


Ralph Conner
Public Affairs Director
The Heartland Institute
[email protected]

Private Companies Rush in to Help Hurricane Katrina Victims
Susan Konig ([email protected]) is managing editor of Health Care News.
October 1, 2005
Immediately following the Hurricane Katrina disaster in the Gulf Coast states, the public health crisis became apparent. In response to the needs of victims in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, Wal-Mart President Lee Scott committed more than $15 million from the firm to jumpstart the relief effort.

A Moment of Silence for John Walton … and Wal-Mart?
Robert Weissberg ([email protected]) is professor of political science-emeritus, University of Illinois-Urbana.
July 12, 2005
On June 27, Wal-Mart heir John Walton died in a plane accident at the age of 58. In recent years, the company founded by his father, Sam, has been a lightning rod for anti-business activists and protestors. The tragedy is unlikely to silence Wal-Mart’s critics for even a moment.

Wal-Mart Under Siege in the Culture Wars
John McAdams, Ph.D. ([email protected]) is a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute and a professor in the political science department of Marquette University.
June 30, 2005
If a capitalist corporation gets to be a big success, it inevitably finds itself in the cross-hairs of leftist political activists who don’t much like capitalism, and especially don’t like large corporations.

Wal-Mart: A Business We All Can Look Up To
John Semmens ([email protected]) is a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute and project manager for the Arizona Department of Transportation Research Center.
June 1, 2005
To call Wal-Mart a “corporate criminal,” as an article in the January 3 issue of The Nation does, is libel. Wal-Mart is a model of success that should be emulated, not reviled.

Let Markets Decide Where Wal-Mart Goes
Edwin A. Locke ( is a senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute.
July 1, 2004
How would you like to be penalized because you do your work too well–for example, running your business so effectively that it attracts hordes of happy customers? Well, this is what is happening more and more frequently to Wal-Mart.