Money from the Walmart 1 Percent may have cost California politician

Even as more Los Angeles politicians are pledging to refuse contributions from Walmart, one candidate with Walton family support placed third in the closely-watched June 6th primary for Assembly District 46 in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley.


If you’re super rich, can you buy yourself a new political pedigree? It’s starting to look that way. Greg Penner, the Walmart 1 Percent’s man in California, is trying to convince people he’s a political independent, despite the fact that he has a long history of supporting right-wing candidates and causes.

Is this the beginning of the Walmartization of California politics?

The Walton family, heirs to the Walmart fortune, are stepping up their involvement in California politics.   The son-in-law to Walmart Board Chair Rob Walton, Greg Penner has launched a new California-based organization set on influencing state elections.    Penner also sits on the Walmart Board of Directors and has been discussed for possible leadership roles in the company.[1]