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Thu., April 10, 2008, 11:06 a.m.

Memo to candidates: About all that campaign videographer you hired…

Via MSNBC comes this AP story about a Kansas video production company that for 30 years was Wal-Mart's in-house recorder of meetings and presentations.

Wal-Mart ended the deal in 2006, a move that left Flagler Productions with an awful lot of video that unions and attorneys are interested in.

“The videos provide insight into the company’s real corporate culture when they’re not in the public eye,” Wal-Mart Watch spokeswoman Stacie Lock Temple said Tuesday.

Wal-Mart reportedly offered $500,000 for the video archive, but the company thinks that it will be far more lucrative to charge $250 an hour to have researchers look for things in the videos.

“Needless to say, we did not pay Flagler Productions to tape internal meetings with this aftermarket in mind,” Wal-Mart spokeswoman Daphne Moore said.

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