The company has gone one step further in trying to prove its innocence by asking all landlords of its Indian stores to sign an anti-bribery agreement.
The new trend in international funding is to increase pressure on NGOs to show policy impact. That has also led to a number of NGO-funded activists on the streets fighting corruption and serial activists who shift from human rights to poverty to climate change
Even if there is no proof of payoffs by Wal-Mart, it is easy to believe the worst because virtually every pillar of society - from politicians to corporate houses to lobbyists to the media - has become a player in the business of lobbying.
The issue of Wal-Mart lobbying today led to a political storm with Opposition creating pandemonium in Rajya Sabha and promising to create further trouble tomorrow by pressing its demand for a probe and a statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
In the wake of reports that retail giant Walmart paid for lobbying in India, BJP today demanded a fair probe be conducted to find out the names of recipients.
When the bubble burst, banks that spent more on lobbying received a bigger piece of the cake from the $700-billion bailout in the fall of 2008.