Waltons’ Rogues Gallery

The Waltons have spent $1.3 million on federal political contributions since the start of this election cycle and over $6 million since the 1990 election cycle.

Their preference for Republicans is clear: 80% of that money went to Republican candidates, committees, and super PACs. Looking through some of their top picks reveals a preference for candidates with extreme right-wing views on civil rights, immigration, women’s rights, and more. With the election looming, take a look through our slideshow to see who the Waltons have chosen to fund.

Mitt Romney – $430,000 this cycle

  • Thanks to major contributions to his super PAC, Republican Presidential nominee Romney has been the Waltons’ top candidate this election cycle. His infamous 47 percent video is just one example of what his presidency would look like—and it would be a bonanza for the Waltons.
  • Romney’s tax plan would likely involve raising taxes on the middle class and eliminating the estate tax, which would let the Waltons keep hundreds of millions of dollars in dodged taxes.

 

Denny Rehberg – $5,000 this cycle

  • Congressman Rehberg represents Montana’s at-large district in the House of Representatives and is currently facing Senator John Tester (D) in a race for a Senate seat in Montana.
  • Rehberg voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in 2007, which would have banned employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Worse, he refused to even adopt a non-discrimination policy against LGBT discrimination for employees in his own Congressional office.
  • Rehberg has publicly supported Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070, going so far as to file an amicus brief opposing efforts to block the law’s implementation.

 

Loy Mauch – Arkansas State Representative – $500 this cycle (later returned)

  • Loy Mauch (R-26) is a one-term Republican state representative from Bismarck, AR.
  • In letters to the editor of the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette over the years, Mauch has, among other things, argued that slavery couldn’t have been so bad because it was never condemned in the Bible and called President Lincoln a war criminal on a par with the Nazis. In 2009, he wrote: “Secession, as articulated by Thomas Jefferson, is the only cure for this country’s destructive addiction to socialism.”[1]
  • Jim Walton contributed $500 to Mauch’s campaign in May 2012. The Walmart 1% called on Walton to repudiate Mauch in an October 15 blog post and Walton responded by promptly asking for his money back.

 

Steve Womack – $24,600 since 2010 cycle

  • Womack represents the Waltons’ hometown, Bentonville, AR, in the House of Representatives.
  • This past July, Womack told reporters that the online sales tax legislation he authored was a priority for Walmart. “This is Wal-Mart’s top issue, if not one of their top issues. Wal-Mart is important to me because they are headquartered in my district.”
  • Womack faced a class action lawsuit during his time as mayor of Rogers, AR. According to Newsweek:

“If you’re coming to America illegally,” he declared in his campaign, “you don’t want to come to Rogers.” A year later the Immigration and Naturalization Service had two agents temporarily housed in the Rogers Police Department. And in March that collaboration–and the alleged abuses it generated–prompted the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) to file a class-action suit against the city and the police for racial profiling.

John Boozman – $79,800 since 2002 cycle

  • Senator Boozman has been in Congress since 2001, when he joined the House in a special election. He has managed to take in more contributions from the Waltons than any other Congressional candidate.
  • Boozman has received across the board abysmal scores for his voting record on issues including civil rights, women’s issues, the environment, immigration, and LGBT issues.
  • Following the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB 1070, Boozman praised the decision to uphold parts of the law saying, “The state of Arizona is taking steps to ensure the safety and well-being of its citizens.”

 

John McCain – $25,800 since 2000 cycle

“My friends, this supposed ‘War on Women’ or the use of similarly outlandish rhetoric by partisan operatives has two purposes, and both are purely political in their purpose and effect: The first is to distract citizens from real issues that really matter and the second is to give talking heads something to sputter about when they appear on cable television. Neither purpose does anything to advance the wellbeing of any American.”

  • The longtime senator from Arizona has found himself on the wrong side of history in recent years. He came out in favor of Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB 1070 just before it passed the Arizona State Senate, in an apparent attempt to win primary votes; led the opposition to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, reportedly saying that it would “probably…harm the battle effectiveness which is so vital to the survival of our young men and women in the military.”

[1] Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, April 18, 2009 via Lexis Nexis search

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