Truthdigs recently uncovered a vintage Hillary Clinton video that the Hillary campaign likely does not want you to see.
Back in the early 90s, as the clip shows, Hillary was singing Walmart’s praises and even sitting on their board.
“As shareholder and director of our company, I am always proud of Walmart,” she said in 1990 at a stakeholder’s meeting, a moment caught on tape.
As ABC News pointed out in 2008 – the last time Hillary’s Walmart connections came up – while Hillary was at Walmart she also did not exactly stand up for workers rights despite her powerful position in a company plagued with labor abuse claims.
In six years as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors, between 1986 and 1992, Hillary Clinton remained silent as the world’s largest retailer waged a major campaign against labor unions seeking to represent store workers.
Clinton has been endorsed for president by more than a dozen unions, according to her campaign Web site, which omits any reference to her role at Wal-Mart in its detailed biography of her.
Yet, while Hillary’s association with Walmart turned out to be only a minor thorn in her side in 2008, she and her campaign has worked hard to distance herself from her Walmart past and made it clear she is no longer associated with the megastore.
In the past few years, however, it became clear that while she may have moved on – at least publicly – ,Walmart still is being fairly generous with the Clintons.
According to Mother Jones, “The Walmart Foundation has been a major funder of the Clinton Foundation, donating between $1 and $5 million to the Clinton organization through 2013.”
In addition,”The Walmart Foundation has funded a host of’energy and climate change’ awards for the Clinton Global Initiative.”
They also note that Walmart’s owner Alice Walton donated $25,000 to the ‘Ready for Hillary’ campaign in November 2013.
In other words, Hillary’s distant past may not be so distant after all, a fact that may cause a bit of agita for the Clinton camp in 2016.
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