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Politico reports that Walmart plans to roll out the red carpet for the Democratic National Convention when it is held in Charlotte, North Carolina, this summer - and will give the host committee $50,000 in gift cards.

According to the story, “the gift cards are considered an in-kind contribution, so they do not violate the strict Democratic National Committee rules which bar corporate cash donations ... DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced in September that none of the $37 million Charlotte organizers must raise would come from lobbyists, corporations or political action committees. The rules allow in-kind contributions for things such as telecommunications equipment and vehicles.”
KC's View:
Only in the world of American politics would $50,000 in gift cards somehow be seen as more appropriate and acceptable than a check or cash.