While they haven’t given very much of their wealth away, a great deal of what the Waltons have spent has been focused on funding right wing causes.
The largest of these causes has been the movement to privatize public education.
Beyond this, the Walton Family Foundation has also given to a host of other right-wing organizations, including:
- The Cato Institute
- The Heritage Foundation
- National Right to Work Foundation (anti-union)
- Americans for Tax Reform (Grover Nordquist’s organization)
Additionally, the Waltons use their fortune to influence politics at all levels. In the last two decades, the Walton family has spent nearly $4.6 million on federal elections. More than three-quarters of their contributions went to Republican candidates and political action committees.
Walmart and its PAC are political players as well. During the 2010 election cycle alone, Walmart and its PAC spent over $4 million to influence state and national elections. Almost $3.5 million of that went to Republican candidates and party committees.