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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:17 AM

The Top 5 Most Hypocritical Corporate Sponsors



1. Walmart Sponsors American Cancer Society

Nothing annoys me more than seeing the Walmart logo on the bottom, right-hand corner of every Relay for Life sign I come across. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s annual fundraiser, which has raised more than $3 billion since 1985. I’ll never forget first seeing the logo as I was walking around the track at my local Relay for Life event — I was furious. As someone whose family has been deeply affected by cancer and who has raised a significant amount of money each year for the event, I was shocked that the American Cancer Society would allow such a disgraceful corporation like Walmart to be one of the main sponsors of its event.


2. Wells Fargo Sponsors Habitat for Humanity

If Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to building “simple, decent, affordable housing,” wanted to build a house for every family kicked out of theirs due to foreclosure, they would have to build fast. Very fast. In fact, between 2007 and early 2012, about 4 million families lost their homes to foreclosure. And in April it was estimated that around 9.5 million homes are at risk for default. Who’s to blame? Well, a lot of corrupt banks, but especially Wells Fargo, the nation's largest mortgage servicer.


3. McDonalds and Coca-Cola Sponsor London Olympics 2012

Across the pond, a controversy has sparked on whether or not McDonalds and Coca-Cola should be allowed to sponsor the 2012 Olympics in London. The London Assembly, an elected body, stated that one of the Olympics’ goals was to promote health by encouraging physical activity. But unhealthy food corporations sponsoring the Olympics, corrupts that message. Meanwhile, a projected 60.8 percent of adults and 31.1 percent of children in the U.K. are overweight.


4. United HealthGroup and WellPoint Sponsor American Red Cross

Health insurance corporations funding an organization dedicated to providing medical assistance to those in need — sounds nice right? Until you learn that United HealthGroup and WellPoint, the two largest health corporations, are more concerned about profit than the wellbeing of their patients.

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