Whole Foods was a little like Microsoft — before Congress and the Federal Trade Commission made a whipping boy of Bill Gates. Until last year, Whole Foods had never hired a lobbyist and never lobbied the federal government. And, as with Gates, the catalyst seems to have been aggressive federal intervention in Mackey’s business.Read the whole thing here.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Worn Down by Feds, Whole Foods Turns to Lobbying
Whole Foods was one of three companies this past weekend to float a compromise on the "card-check" bill to make unionization easier. My Examiner column today explores Whole Foods' progression from a company that eschewed government to a player in the lobbying game: