The Walmart 1 Percent in Arizona


  • Walmart heir and Chairman of the Walmart Board of Directors Rob Waltonlives in Paradise Valley with his wife Melani. Contact Rob Walton:


  • Former Walmart CEO and current Walmart Board of Directors member Lee Scott is on the Board of Directors of Fluidic Energy: 8455 North 90th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85258
  • Walmart heir and Chairman of the Walmart Board of Directors Rob Walton is the Co-chair of the Board of Trustees for Sustainability, Arizona State University Global Institute of Sustainability, 800 S. Cady Mall, Tempe , AZ 85281; (480) 965-2975 (phone), (480) 965-8087 (fax)
  • Melani Walton, the wife of Walmart heir and Chairman of the Walmart Board of Directors Rob Walton, is a Trustee of the Arizona Science Center: 600 East Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85004.


 The Walmart 1 Percent’s Influence in Arizona Politics

The Walton family in politics

The Waltons have made a number of contributions to candidates from Arizona running for Congress from 1990 to 2010. Unsurprisingly, all of them were Republicans.

The Waltons’ political contributions in Arizona went exclusively to Republicans from 1990-2010:


House $10,462
Senate $5,400
Arizona TOTAL $15,862

Source: Analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in State Politics

Walmart in politics

Walmart’s PAC has spent $122,500 on candidates from Arizona in federal elections from 1990 to 2010. Two-thirds of that money went to Republican candidates from the state. The company has also spent some money in state-level races in recent years. In 2004 and 2005, Walmart gave $3,572 to candidates in Arizona races. Seventy-eight percent of it went to Republicans.[1]


Walmart’s Impact on Arizona’s Employment Picture

Impact of Walmart stores on retail and other jobs

Based on data available through Walmart’s website, there were 31,637 Walmart associates in Arizona as of January 31, 2012.

According to a 2006 study, for every retail job created at Walmart, communities lose 1.4 retail jobs.[2] Based on the findings of this study, we estimate that, if Walmart had no stores in Arizona, there would be an additional 12,655 retail jobs in the state.

Impact of Walmart’s China sourcing on jobs

Based on an estimate of Walmart’s share of the U.S.-China trade deficit, we can estimate that Arizona lost an estimated 3,739 jobs as a result of Walmart’s practice of sourcing heavily from China.[3]


Walmart’s Cost to Arizona Taxpayers

Taxpayer subsidies for Walmart

Walmart is the world’s biggest company.[4] But despite its colossal financial resources—the company brought in $444 billion in revenue last year[5]—it’s habitually dipped into public coffers to finance its expansion into almost every corner of the United States.[6] In the absence of centralized information or databases on economic subsidies, Good Jobs First, an economic policy and research non-profit, has done extensive research to document the subsidies Walmart has received, and has published the data on Walmart Subsidy Watch. Here’s what GJF uncovered in Arizona.

Taxpayer healthcare costs

Tens of thousands of Walmart associates and their families qualify for Medicaid and other publicly subsidized care. Indeed, according to data compiled by Good Jobs First, in 22 of 24 states which have disclosed information, Walmart has the largest number of employees or dependents on the public rolls of any employer.[7]

In Arizona: In July 2005, Walmart had the most employees receiving taxpayer-funded health care of any private employer in the state. Slightly less than 10 percent of its workforce was covered by the public system.[8]


More Walmart stores coming to Arizona

Here’s a list of Walmart stores planned or rumored to be opening in Arizona:[9]

  • Fort Mojave: Supercenter, just north of Valley View Medical Center.


[2] The Effects of Wal-Mart on Local Labor Markets. December, 2006. David Neumark, Junfu Zhang, Stephen Ciccarella.

[3] These numbers are estimates.   To arrive at these estimates, we used the report by the Economic Policy Institute that estimated U.S. jobs lost to China by state from 2001-2008.    We then multiplied that number by 9.3%, which is the proportion of the overall U.S.-China trade deficit that EPI estimated to be tied to Walmart. We arrived at that number from this study.

[4] As measured by revenue; “Fortune Global 500 2011: The World’s Biggest Companies – Wal-Mart Stores,”

[5] “Walmart reports Q4 EPS from continuing operations of $1.51; Walmart U.S. delivers positive traffic and positive comp sales in Q4,” press release dated February 21, 2012,

[6] “Shopping for Subsidies: How Wal-Mart Uses Taxpayer Money to Finance Its Never-Ending Growth,” by Philip Mattera and Anna Purinton, Good Jobs First, May 2004.

[7] “Disclosures of Employers Whose Workers and Their Dependents are Using State Health Insurance Programs,” Good Jobs First report, version dated January 18, 2012.

[8] “Disclosures of Employers Whose Workers and Their Dependents are Using State Health Insurance Programs,” Good Jobs First report, version dated January 18, 2012.

[9] Information on planned or rumored stores collected by Making Change at Walmart.