House Oversight and Government Reform ranking member Elijah Cummings (above) and House Energy and Commerce ranking member Henry Waxman sent a joint letter to Walmart CEO Michael Duke announcing an investigation.
Two top House Democrats are launching an investigation into allegations that Walmart executives covered up a campaign of bribes to Mexican officials for construction permits. House Oversight and Government Reform ranking member Elijah Cummings (Md.) and House Energy and Commerce ranking member Henry Waxman (Calif.) sent a joint letter to Walmart CEO Michael Duke announcing the investigation.
They are requesting a meeting with company officials by Friday.
The inquiry is based on a New York Times article posted over the weekend alleging that Walmart executives uncovered evidence of some $24 million in bribes paid to Mexican officials to grease the wheels of the company’s expansion in the country.
The CEO at the time, H. Lee Scott, may have obstructed the investigation, according to the article.
The article, wrote Cummings and Waxman, “raises serious questions about potential violations of United States law, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. It also raises significant questions about the actions of top company officials in the United States who reportedly tried to disregard substantial evidence of abuse.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.