OpenSecrets Blog: Who Is Funding Internet Sales Tax Efforts?Submitted by Chris Cheesecurdski on Tue, 04/30/2013 - 16:28
...In the first three months of 2013, [Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.)] received $10,000 from Walmart's PAC, $2,000 from the PAC run by Best Buy and $1,000 from the PAC run by Lowe's, the home improvement big box store. All of those companies are supporters of the Internet sales tax.
The legislation's sponsor in the Senate, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), picked up $5,000 from Home Depot and $1,000 from Walmart's PAC. However, one of his three original co-sponsors, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), seems to have attracted the most attention from supporters of the idea. Between March 20 and March 31, according to the FEC's most recent filings, he received at least $41,000 from PACs run by supporters of the Internet sales tax:
$9,000 from Home Depot, March 31
$5,000 from AutoZone, March 31
$5,000 from the Retail Industry Leaders Association PAC, March 26
$3,500 from the PAC of lobbying firm Patton Boggs (which represents Amazon and other clients that support the proposal), March 20
$2,500 from Best Buy, March 26
$2,500 from Lowes, March 20
$2,500 from JC Penney, March 26
$2,500 from Target, March 26
$2,500 from Walmart, March 31
$2,000 from Amazon, March 26
$2,000 from Lowes, March 26
$2,000 from Safeway, March 31...
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