Wal-Mart heirs show divided loyalties in presidential race

By Laurie Bennett

October 22, 2012 at 11:30am

The most recent filings for Priorities USA Action, the major super PAC supporting President Obama’s re-election, contained a surprise.

Sam R. Walton, grandson of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, contributed $300,000. Walton is the son of S. Robson Walton, company chairman. (See our note below.)

A decade ago, Rob Walton was lavishing money on the Republican Party.

S. Robson Walton
S. Robson Walton

However, in the 2012 election, he has made no reported donations to the Romney campaign or to outside organizations supporting Romney’s candidacy.

His siblings, Alice and Jim Walton, our supporters of Restore Our Future, the Romney super PAC. Each has given $200,000.

So all told, in the Walton presidential super PAC tally, Romney leads by $100,000.

Note: An earlier version of this story reported that the donation came from Rob Walton. This was based on an occupation entry reading “Wal-Mart chairman” in the report to the Federal Election Commission.

However, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman tells us that it was Walton’s son who made the contribution.

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