Excoriated by China, 'Miserly' Firms Defend Quake Aid

Mickey D's forking over 40,000 meals
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2008 10:24 AM CDT
Excoriated by China, 'Miserly' Firms Defend Quake Aid
Chinese soldiers help evacuees from the quake-devastated Wenchuan county as they get air lifted at the Phoenix airbase in Chengdu in China's southwest Sichuan province, Thursday, May 22, 2008.    (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Mega-companies are defending themselves against harsh criticism on Chinese websites that they’ve done too little to help earthquake survivors, AP reports. Companies such as McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, and Nokia were labeled “International Super-Misers” on one site. "We've been involved in helping and responding since day one,” said a McDonald’s rep, who added that the company pledged $15 million and is donating 40,000 meals. (Read more China stories.)

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