Unions are blasting New York State Democrats for accepting about $15,000 from mega-store Walmart, which might be trying to put its first city store in Senate Leader John Sampson's Brooklyn district, the New York Post reported today.
Union leaders told the Post that Democrats' "housekeeping account" filed last month with the state Board of Elections lists the July 12 contribution, apparently the first ever by Walmart to state Senate Democrats.
Retail and Wholesale Workers Union President Stuart Appelbaum yesterday angrily accused Democrats of accepting Walmart's "blood money," and demanded that the cash be returned, the Post reported.
Senate campaign spokesman Eric Blankenbaker wouldn't respond directly to Appelbaum's criticism but said, "Some [Senate] members support Walmart and some don't. That's why we have support from a broad coalition of groups.