Wal-Mart Watch: Wal-Mart watchdogs connect Maryland Governor Bob Erlich’s planned veto of pro-healthcare legislation to his contributions from Wal-Mart:
A group formed to monitor Wal-Mart’s business practices is calling on Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to return a $4,000 political donation from the retailing giant as well as proceeds from a $1,000-per-person fundraiser the company held for Ehrlich in December. Ehrlich (R) has promised to veto a bill that would effectively force Wal-Mart to boost spending on employee health benefits or make a contribution to the state’s insurance program for the poor. “If Governor Ehrlich is intent to vetoing this bill, he could at least reduce the appearance of being bought by the company,” said Wal-Mart Watch spokeswoman Tracy Sefl.