From the NY Times:
He called Wal-Mart “one of the great corporate citizens in this country.” He praised its efforts to conduct background checks before selling guns. He flatly rebuffed suggestions that the company was killing jobs.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took on the role of ardent defender of big-box America on Tuesday at a news conference announcing a $4 million donation by Wal-Mart to a city program that offers summer jobs to young people.
With Wal-Mart in the midst of an aggressive campaign to open its first store in New York City, was the donation simply a coincidence?
Wal-Mart has encountered opposition from some City Council members and labor advocates, who have criticized its hiring practices and expressed concern that its presence in New York would hurt small businesses.
But the company’s donation, which will help finance some 3,400 jobs, seemed to help win over some skeptics.