Walmart-backed State Senator spouts off against marriage equality ruling

Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert (R-Conway) spouted off against marriage equality last week – and simultaneously demonstrated his ignorance of the U.S. Constitution.  And it turns out that Walmart has contributed to Sen. Rapert’s re-election campaign

Walmart-backed State Senator tweets his opposition to marriage equality

Walmart-backed State Senator tweets his opposition to marriage equality

After Pulaski County, Arkansas Judge Chris Piazza struck down Arkansas’s gay marriage ban, Sen. Rapert tweeted:

“So one judge decides the majority vote of Arkansans means nothing? Precedent says Holy Matrimony is between one man & one woman.”

Sen. Rapert – known locally for his extreme anti-gay and anti-choice positions, and for his opposition to climate change legislation (all documented here by The Nation’s Lee Fang) – became nationally infamous last February, when The Nation posted a video of his racially-tinged rant against President Obama at a public event in 2011.

We pointed out at the time that Walmart heir and director Jim Walton and his wife had contributed $3,000 to Rapert since December 2010.

Today, we took another look at Rapert’s campaign finance disclosure reports and – lo and behold –we came across a $2,000 contribution from Walmart’s political action committee in July 2013.

A July 13, 2013 campaign finance disclosure report reveals a $2,000 Walmart contribution to Rapert

A July 13, 2013 campaign finance disclosure report reveals a $2,000 Walmart contribution to Rapert

It’s striking that Walmart’s contribution went to support Rapert in the upcoming May 20, 2014 Republican primary (as it turns out, he’s running unopposed).

It’s not like Walmart’s support can be attributed to the company’s opposition to some ultra-liberal challenger. Rather, Walmart seems to have gone out of its way to put its stamp of approval on Rapert.