We know it’s only Wednesday, but it’s already been a busy enough week for the Waltons that we thought a roundup was in order:
The Waltons’ contributions to Republicans this federal election cycle are quickly approaching a million dollars, and things have barely started to heat up.
Campaign finance reports show that siblings Jim and Alice Walton have made a second round of contributions to Mitt Romney’s super PAC, Restore Our Future. In January 2012, they gave a combined $200,000 to the Romney super PAC.
We know the Waltons are prolific political donors. In campaign finance reports, which require donors to report their employer or occupation, members of the Walton family end up reporting a variety of occupations—from homemaker (Christy Walton) to “education consultant” (Carrie Penner) to “rancher” and “investor” (Alice Walton).
The Walton Family, the richest family in the country and owners of nearly half of all Walmart stock, is joining their fellow 1%ers with some super-sized super PAC spending. In the last quarter of 2011, Jim, Alice and Christy Walton made four contributions totaling $350,000 to super PACs backing Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. The contributions were made public in reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) in late January and broke down like this: