NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Lowe's (LOW - Get Report) is the latest retailer making a pitch to pick up Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) affiliates as the e-commerce giant battles with state governments over sales taxes.
These letters come after Amazon said last month that it would sever ties with California if officials passed a law that would require the company to collect state sales tax because of its relationship with affiliates.
It's latest target has been Illinois, as the state signed an e-fairness law that requires online retailers that work with affiliates in the state to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Illinois residents and businesses. Amazon responded by cutting ties to its Illinois-based affiliates, which are blogs and other websites that refer traffic to Amazon's website and get paid commissions if customers make purchases there.Amazon has previously battled other state governments and ended affiliate programs in Hawaii, North Carolina and Rhode Island. It is also fighting a court battle in New York. Wal-Mart says it "welcomes Amazon and Overstock (OSTCK) California affiliate," while Sears berated Amazon for its actions. "We want affiliates here
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