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Walmart Heirs Fund Anti-Fishing Activists
Nationaal Legal & Policy Center ^ | August 24, 2011 | Paul Chesser

Posted on 08/24/2011 4:08:36 PM PDT by jazusamo

Walmart logoRecently NLPC reported that Walmart’s top “sustainability” adviser, who provided significant help in getting the company’s “Green” credibility with environmentalist groups in gear, was Jib Ellison – a former wilderness expeditionist and river guide, and author of a guide on whitewater rafting. The story of his relationship with Walmart, which began with the introduction of Ellison by Rob Walton (son of founder Sam) to former company CEO Lee Scott, is documented in the new book Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Walmart’s Green Revolution by Edward Humes.

The passion for environmental concerns (which has also included foolish corporate support for cap-and-trade policies) has carried over to the philanthropic initiatives of Sam’s descendants, with the Walton Family Foundation pouring $71.8 million into oceans and river systems “conservation.” Walton heirs, including Rob, make up the entirety of the foundation’s board. A major group of sport fishermen are not amused and have called for an angler boycott of Walmart.

The bulk of the foundation’s grants have gone to many of the usual suspects within environmental extremism: Environmental Defense Fund, World Wildlife Fund, National Audubon Society, American Rivers, Ocean Conservancy, and Marine Stewardship Council, among others. The New Jersey-based Recreational Fishing Alliance calls the substantive gifts an attempt to “fund the demise of both the recreational and commercial fishing industry,” noting especially Ocean Conservancy’s desire to eliminate access.

“These folks are pushing hard to complete California’s network of exclusionary zones throughout the entire length of coastline,” said Jim Donofrio, executive director of RFA, “and they’ve made it very clear that they would like to see the West Coast version of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) extended into other coastal U.S. waters.

“Here’s an organization which has publicly opposed creation of artificial reefs used by Wal-Mart’s tackle buyers, in some cases openly advocating for their removal, yet the Walton family is handing over tons of money for support.”

Indeed, the organization’s Web site says, “Ocean Conservancy will continue working to complete California's network of protected areas, which will stretch the entire length of the state,” and urges supporters to “send policymakers a letter to ensure that this network of special coastal places will be protected for future generations to enjoy.”

Future generations that exclude fishermen, that is. RFA (dismissive of the environmental extremists’ definition of “overfishing”) also criticizes the Waltons for their support of catch share programs – a sort of “cap-and-trade” for fishing. “Walmart apparently prefers customers buy farm-raised fish and seafood caught by foreign countries outside of U.S. waters, while denying individual anglers the ability to head down to the ocean to score a few fish for their own table,” Donofrio said.

RFA has already implemented a boycott of Safeway, the supermarket chain, for similar positions on the MLPA. "Apparently Safeway has gotten some bad advice from the people in the ocean protection racket, a community to which the California-based mega-corporation is now donating profits," said Jim Martin, West Coast Regional Director of the RFA. A sample protest letter from RFA members says:

Should these groups be successful in achieving their goals in California, you can bet that they’ll be working overtime in every other coastal state to create a network of no-take zones that bar "injury," "harm" and "harassment" of fish stocks in large areas of the nation's marine waters. Rather than supporting our nation’s fishermen by protecting American access to coastal fish stocks, it appears that Safeway would rather see our families buy only farm-raised fish and seafood caught by foreign countries outside of U.S. waters, countries with less stringent controls on fishing effort than we enjoy here in the United States of America.

In response Safeway said it is determined in its support of MLPA, “to ensure the biodiversity and productivity of our oceans.”

In its 2010 funding cycle, Walton Family Foundation granted Ocean Conservancy $3.75 million for marine area conservation. Other noteworthy groups receiving funds for the same purpose were Conservation International Foundation ($8.6 million), Environmental Defense Fund ($3.27 million), Marine Stewardship Council ($4.6 million), Nature Conservancy ($6 million), Trust for Conservation Innovation ($1.7 million), and World Wildlife Fund ($737,000). More than $36 million total was given to groups for marine conservation.

For freshwater conservation, the family foundation gave various groups nearly $23 million in 2010, including another $3.5 million to Environmental Defense Fund, $2.6 million more to Nature Conservancy, $2.3 million to National Audubon Society, and $1.9 million to National Wildlife Federation.

In 2009 Walton Family Foundation gave $55.6 million to environmental causes, including approximately $44 million to marine and freshwater conservation, with multi-million dollar grants going to most of the large above-mentioned groups. Environmental Defense Fund was blessed with $16 million and Ocean Conservancy received $2.35 million.

The large grantmaking for diminished free access to public waters is a relatively new phenomenon for the Walton heirs, who not so long ago “tiptoed” into environmentalism, making “some small, experimental grants…an approach it takes when considering a new program area,” according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Before taking the leap in that issue area, Walton Family Foundation had (and still does) gave largely to the causes that founder Sam Walton was passionate about: the company’s home state of Arkansas, and education reform. The foundation’s has donated millions, if not billions, of dollars to causes and research that support the introduction of competition into public education, including charter schools and vouchers. “I’d like to see an all-out revolution in education” Sam wrote in his autobiography.

But now, as so many heirs have done with the charitable institutions created by their entrepreneurial founders, the Walton children now fund beyond the original intentions of the philanthropy’s creation. Apparently Walmart eco-adviser Jib Ellison, former Al Gore aide and company vice president Leslie Dach, and a host of other “sustainability”-minded gurus at the retail corporation have influenced the Walton Family Foundation, which itself has hired on its “environmental staff” alumni from World Wildlife Fund, American Rivers, Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

According to San Francisco Independent Media, EDF’s Tom Lalley tried to distance the huge contributions by the family foundation from Walmart Corporation, the target of RFA’s boycott. “It was the family, and specifically the family’s foundation, that made a contribution for sustainable fishing and ocean conservation, and not the store."

RFA’s Donofrio would have none of that. “Mr. Lalley is putting a false spin on this issue," he said. “The fact is that the Walton family's money comes from the profits on the Walmart stores that they founded. The Waltons are still in the top management tier of the company.”

And they completely control the family foundation.

Paul Chesser is an associate fellow for the National Legal and Policy Center and is executive director of American Tradition Institute.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Outdoors; Sports
KEYWORDS: antifishing; environazis; fishing; jibellison; liberals; nlpc; walmart
The Walton Family Foundation is funding many many millions to different enviro-nazi groups determined to shut down commercial and sport fishing.

I imagine Sam Walton is spinning in his grave.

1 posted on 08/24/2011 4:08:44 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Story link bad, here’s a workable link.

http://nlpc.org/stories/2011/08/22/walmart-heirs-and-fishing-freedom-don%E2%80%99t-mix


2 posted on 08/24/2011 4:10:40 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: george76; Flycatcher; girlangler

Ping!


3 posted on 08/24/2011 4:11:50 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Damn, I wonder why our sales in flyover country have fallen off the cliff?

This is downright stupid.


4 posted on 08/24/2011 4:15:39 PM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: jazusamo

why is it that scions of wealthy families go liberal?


5 posted on 08/24/2011 4:18:15 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: ken21
why is it that scions of wealthy families go liberal?

My theory is to try to deal with the guilt of getting a lot of money without earning it.

6 posted on 08/24/2011 4:19:52 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jazusamo

I immediately start to wonder how heavily invested they are in aquaculture.


7 posted on 08/24/2011 4:22:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: jazusamo
These environment wackos will never get my fishing rod unless it's from my cold bitter clinging fingers.
8 posted on 08/24/2011 4:22:32 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: jazusamo

Reminds me of how the Clinton admin funneled Federal money to anti-hunting and animal rights activist groups. The big difference here is WE CAN vote with our wallets.

I buy nothing to do with sporting goods at wal-mart. I stick with my local Gun Shops and outfitters, where the people working there actually give a damn about the customer and know something about what they are selling.


9 posted on 08/24/2011 4:23:31 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: dfwgator; ken21

I was going to say I had no idea but your theory really makes sense, it fits the liberal think perfectly.


10 posted on 08/24/2011 4:25:23 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Art in Idaho

Gonna be damn hard to eliminate fishing among us Michiganders. Michigan is about 60% water.


11 posted on 08/24/2011 4:26:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: KoRn
I stick with my local Gun Shops and outfitters, where the people working there actually give a damn about the customer and know something about what they are selling.

Amen to that. That's a great policy at home and when in places you're not familiar with.

12 posted on 08/24/2011 4:29:16 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

KMart fell prey to this kind of nonsense. I only go to KMart for sale items that I want now. I will do likewise with WalMart if they go the same way.


13 posted on 08/24/2011 4:45:30 PM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: jazusamo

Good catch Jaz.


14 posted on 08/24/2011 4:49:37 PM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: Grammy; Diana in Wisconsin; proud_yank; billhilly

ping


15 posted on 08/24/2011 4:52:12 PM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: jazusamo

looks like they are crony environmentalists....giving to the large organizations that want to shut down the environment and “protect” it....meaning....let it lie dormant, and WATCH it, or if you are rich enough, take a guided trip into it


16 posted on 08/24/2011 4:52:15 PM PDT by goodnesswins
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To: jazusamo

If the Waltons become well known Greenies, I’ll shop elsewhere.


17 posted on 08/24/2011 5:03:51 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Gore Lauds Romney on Climate Position; 0bamaCare was based on RomneyCare.)
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To: ken21
why is it that scions of wealthy families go liberal?

...Why.... these vermin never worked a day in their life...that's why....

Go visit Santa Barbara...they're called trust fund babies...

18 posted on 08/24/2011 5:05:34 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: jazusamo

All the fishing tackle sold in Walmart is made-in-china-crapola. I never shop there.


19 posted on 08/24/2011 5:53:09 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: FlyingEagle
I suspected that but I've never been in a Walmart. The wife used to go in once in a while but refuses to now.

I'd bet they figure most people buying their tackle would never know of their donations to anti fishing enviro-nazis.

20 posted on 08/24/2011 6:02:30 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

This highlights a severe weakness in capitalism as we practice it. Large fortunes are accumulated, then passed on to people who had almost nothing to do with accumulating the fortunes. The undeserving heirs then use the fortune to fund ways to undermine capitalism.

The only plausible solution that I can see, is for those who make the fortune try to insure that it goes to someone who worked for it. Not an easy task.


21 posted on 08/24/2011 6:14:23 PM PDT by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: marktwain

Excellent point and like you say, not an easy task.

The person building the fortune is probably, in most cases, too busy to pay much attention to his heirs as they’re growing to adulthood.

I believe that’s what has to happen to assure their wishes are carried out.


22 posted on 08/24/2011 6:24:23 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Inherited money strikes again.


23 posted on 08/24/2011 9:12:19 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: jazusamo

Now that’s funny ! !

Walmart scions supporting anti-fishing plutocrats ! As if every Walmart doesn’t have a large “fishing/sports” section ! Oh my ! Next, no doubt, will be the “Pet Supplies” sections when the Humane Society/PETA types get their hooks in.

OTOH, might be a very good thing for a lot of small businesses catering to the sporting individual. >PS


24 posted on 08/24/2011 9:29:45 PM PDT by PiperShade
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To: jazusamo

Heirs so often go wobbly.

It’s an American tradition.

And it damages us....I think some of the Mellons have held up...the Kochs might.

The Ingrams do so far...the are a little green buying up land trusts but also fund righty stuff bigtime

Simmons in Dallas already has an ideological revolt from his daughters and he is not even dead yet.

Huge personal bequeathments fund so much radicalism

maybe we should have confiscatory death tax..lol../s

part of the problem is foundation control and the next-next generation...the latter one has no control over


25 posted on 08/25/2011 7:43:23 AM PDT by wardaddy (I support Bachmann...or Palin should she enter...but I am not a Palin Harpy...know the difference)
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