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Wal-Mart Chairman Gives $1M To Obama Super PAC; Bundlers Moonlight As Super PAC Donors
The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2012 | Luke Rosiak

Posted on 10/20/2012 9:00:48 PM PDT by Steelfish

Wal-Mart Chairman Gives $1M To Obama Super PAC; Bundlers Moonlight As Super PAC Donors

By Luke Rosiak October 20, 2012 The super PAC backing President Obama raised $15 million last month, including $1 million from Sam Walton, the chairman of Wal-Mart, a traditional Republican-leaning organization.

Also contributing $1 million to Priorities USA was filmmaker Steven Spielberg, whose colleague Jeffrey Katzenberg is an Obama bundler and gave $1 million himself. Fred Eychaner, who has raised at least half a million dollars from acquaintances for the Obama campaign, gave $2 million personally to the super PAC.

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TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: billionaires; donors; fundingtheleft; walmart
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1 posted on 10/20/2012 9:00:54 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Shame on you, Sam Walton.


2 posted on 10/20/2012 9:04:47 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Steelfish

Now I don’t feel so bad that Walmart was banned by NYC


3 posted on 10/20/2012 9:04:55 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: Steelfish

wal mart needs to feel the heat from conservatives.


4 posted on 10/20/2012 9:05:02 PM PDT by ping jockey (Candy Crowley IS A DUMBASS)
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To: Steelfish

Hmmm? Was it given out of fear or stupidity?


5 posted on 10/20/2012 9:05:31 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: onyx

Sam Walton has been dead for quite some time, shame on his heirs. Ol’ Sam’s spinning in his grave. His Walmart proudly stocked and advertised Made in USA products. His heirs ushered in Chinamart.


6 posted on 10/20/2012 9:08:54 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Steelfish

Meanwhile the unions are organizing and planning strikes against Walmart.


7 posted on 10/20/2012 9:09:24 PM PDT by Baynative
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To: Artcore

The Obama campaign borrowed $15 million from Bank Of America. (It was either Oct 2012 or last month). I don’t think the story has been posted on FR yet.


8 posted on 10/20/2012 9:10:15 PM PDT by tsowellfan (KEEP WORKING like we are 10 POINTS DOWN!!!!)
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To: ping jockey

This is true. Conservatives need to hit back with a vengeance.


9 posted on 10/20/2012 9:10:37 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Artcore
Funny Obama would accept it coming from Walmart as it is the Liberals who are always talking trash about Walmart. I bet they got some kind of Obamacare deal going I have seen Walmart advertising drugs and such. Liberals talk one way and do another.
10 posted on 10/20/2012 9:11:29 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Artcore
Hmmm? Was it given out of fear or stupidity?

Walmart pays tribute to each party, But paying off Obama, it really is akin extortion.

11 posted on 10/20/2012 9:12:16 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Steelfish

Rob Walton is Chairman of Walmart. What else did this story get wrong?


12 posted on 10/20/2012 9:17:28 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: tsowellfan

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2947754/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2947638/posts


13 posted on 10/20/2012 9:17:34 PM PDT by upchuck (Porn, cheaper than dating.)
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To: Steelfish

He didn’t build that.....his daddy did!

None of the Walton kids are anything like Sam Walton, born with a silver spoon (& a trust fund) didn’t help.

Political giving

Federal giving
Since the 2006 federal election cycle began, Rob Walton has given $135,500 in federal political contributions. Of that total, $12,600 went to Wal-Mart Stores or Arvest Bank Group; of the remaining $122,900, 73% went to Republicans. The only Democrat or Democrat-affiliated group he has given to other than former Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln is Barack Obama ($2,300 in October 2008) and the DNC ($28,500 in October 2008).

Examples of state-level giving

California: In 2005, Arizona resident Rob Walton donated $250,000 to “Yes on 77,” a group formed in support of California’s Proposition 77. Had it not been defeated by California voters, Proposition 77 would have given authority to redraw congressional and legislative districts to three retired judges, shifting that power from the Democrat-controlled General Assembly and strengthening the Republican governor’s hand.

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June 2012

The meeting, which capped a weeklong slate of events, follows a story by The New York Times in April that the world’s largest retailer allegedly failed to notify law enforcement after finding evidence that officials authorized millions of dollars in bribes in Mexico to get speedier building permits and other favors.

Following the allegations, it’s been reported that federal authorities in the U.S. and Mexico are investigating Wal-Mart for potential violations. Investors are suing top executives. And some shareholders are calling for the removal of several board members, including Walton, Duke and former CEO Lee Scott.

Wal-Mart disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday that several executives including Duke, Scott, and Walton are the target of 11 “derivative” lawsuits, a type of legal action that seeks to change corporate governance. The lawsuits charge that the executives neglected their responsibilities in handling the alleged bribery scandal. Wal-Mart also noted in its filing that a securities class action lawsuit was filed against the company on May 7.


14 posted on 10/20/2012 9:18:58 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Steelfish

Sam Walton is dead, Jim.


15 posted on 10/20/2012 9:20:35 PM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: Steelfish

If this is true, I’m DONE with Walmart. Hardly go to any other store. Man this will break my heart.


16 posted on 10/20/2012 9:21:17 PM PDT by Calif4Palin (President Palin sounds so good....)
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To: Steelfish

Maybe Luke has been doing too much choom with nobama? Sam Walton, creator of Wal*Mart, died in April, 1992.


17 posted on 10/20/2012 9:22:03 PM PDT by upchuck (Porn, cheaper than dating.)
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To: jjotto

“Rob Walton is Chairman of Walmart. What else did this story get wrong?”

He isn’t “Republican leaning”, he is self-serving.


18 posted on 10/20/2012 9:22:29 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Steelfish

Finally, a legit reason to avoid WalMart. I mean, c’mon... Donating to Obama? What is this idiot thinking???


19 posted on 10/20/2012 9:24:39 PM PDT by meyer (It's 1860 all over again - the taxpayer is the new "N" word)
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To: Steelfish

I know dead people vote in Chicago all the time, but not in Bentonville...


20 posted on 10/20/2012 9:24:39 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: jjotto
Rob Walton is Chairman of Walmart. What else did this story get wrong?

Samuel R. Walton, Sam's son, who often goes by "Rob."

21 posted on 10/20/2012 9:26:23 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals crazy!)
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To: Steelfish

The Solyndra - Walmart Connection

09/29/2011

A lot has been said about the ties of George Kaiser, a campaign contribution bundler for President Obama’s 2008 campaign, to the Solyndra bankruptcy scandal that likely has cost taxpayers $535 million thanks to a Department of Energy loan guarantee. Kaiser’s investment firm, Argonaut Venture Capital, held over 35 percent of the failed solar company’s stock – more than anyone else.

But next in line (with 11 percent) behind Argonaut in the Solyndra stakes is Madrone Capital Partners, which is managed by a trio whom the political Left has attempted to tie to support for Republicans. Of course, “they did it too” is not a legitimate defense, but in this case, it’s not a portrayal of the entire picture either.

Madrone is tied to the Walton family – of Walmart fame – and is co-managed by an in-law, Gregory Penner, who also serves as a Walmart director. He is the son-in-law of S. Robson “Rob” Walton, married to his daughter Carrie. Rob, Walmart Stores’ chairman of the board, is one of founder Sam Walton’s sons. Madrone’s other partners are listed as Jameson “Jamie” McJunkin and Thomas Patterson, and McJunkin is also a director for Solyndra.

Walmart can no longer be portrayed as a “conservative” or “Republican” company. Beginning under former CEO Lee Scott, and accelerating under present CEO Mike Duke, Walmart has become a powerful backer of a host of left-wing causes. This shift is detailed in an NLPC Special Report titled Wal-Mart Embraces Controversial Causes: Bid to Appease Liberal Interest Groups Will Likely Fail, Hurt Business.

http://nlpc.org/stories/2011/09/28/waltons-solyndra-and-political-persuasions


22 posted on 10/20/2012 9:27:27 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: upchuck

Thanks! The last time I checked, it hadn’t been posted yet.

I was going to post it but I hesitated because I was not sure of the name of the website that the ex Freeper owns that we’re not suppose to articles from. I could not find it on the list of sites. I thought it either had the word “Washington” or “Examiner” in it. So, to be on the safe side I didn’t post it.


23 posted on 10/20/2012 9:28:37 PM PDT by tsowellfan (KEEP WORKING like we are 10 POINTS DOWN!!!!)
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To: missnry

Indeed.

Samuel Robson “Rob” Walton.

Thanks


24 posted on 10/20/2012 9:29:52 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Artcore

“Hmmm? Was it given out of fear or stupidity?”

Sam Walton’s eldest son is now Chairman of the company (S. Robson Walton). He did not build the business. He is a second generation trust fund child who has a law degree and $21 billion he inherited from his father and mother. Likely he was properly indoctrinated in liberal ideology in college and law school. To maintain in status with the New York elites he is making this gift from his own pocket, not company funds.

With respect to fear, no doubt Mr. Walton has reasons for making the gift. As personally wealthy as he is, it is unlikely the administration could threaten him so the gift likely reflects a desire to ingratiate himself with the beautiful people or genuine admiration for Obama and the party.

Mr. Walton and others who are opening their wallets for Mr. Obama are fortunate the Republicans (since Nixon) will not take action to punish their opponents once elected. As one of the wealthiest men in the country, and member of the elite class, Mr. Walton will likely receive a social invitation from Mr. Romney to the White House, even though he is funding the Democrats. Same for Mr. Buffett, the leaders of the big media companies, and the CEO’s of the Wall Street Banks. Blue blood transcends politics, at least for Republicans.


25 posted on 10/20/2012 9:31:01 PM PDT by Soul of the South
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To: Steelfish

as has been reported repeatedly by NLPC, the Walton family – while yes, often supporting Republican candidates and particularly passionate about the school choice issue – has also thrown considerable money into environmental causes. Even more significant, Walmart incessantly boasts of its commitments to “sustainability,” cap-and-trade, and even ObamaCare. Press releases about new solar panels installed at the company’s stores are issued regularly. Walmart’s reputation for environmental activism became so great that the company is now the subject of a fawning book titled Force of Nature, The Unlikely Story of Walmart’s Green Revolution: How It Could Transform Business and Save the World, about their allegedly conservationist practices, despite eight consecutive quarters of same-store sales declines.


26 posted on 10/20/2012 9:33:45 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: RegulatorCountry
Sam Walton has been dead for quite some time, shame on his heirs. Ol’ Sam’s spinning in his grave. His Walmart proudly stocked and advertised Made in USA products. His heirs ushered in Chinamart.

THANK YOU, for that information!

I was stunned by his alleged donation Absolutely stunned.

27 posted on 10/20/2012 9:44:46 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Steelfish
I'm not a Walmart regular....but I guess I'll be less regular now....jerks....

suppose they think they need a large and increasing peasant population to keep making dough...

28 posted on 10/20/2012 9:44:51 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Steelfish

Holy crap....this is huge. Get ready for the boycott! Last dime spent at Wal-Mart here!


29 posted on 10/20/2012 9:49:06 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: Artcore

Anyone who can claim that much stupidity at this late date must be of the lichen genus.


30 posted on 10/20/2012 9:51:43 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Steelfish

I’ve been trying to direct as much of my household purchasing as possible to Wal-Mart in support of their past conservative leanings and being attacked by unions so much in recent years.

If profits go to the radical left, though, that ends right now.


31 posted on 10/20/2012 9:57:00 PM PDT by Tamzee (The U.S. re-electing Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and ramming the iceberg again.)
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To: Artcore

There ya’ go. Nailed it, didn’t you?

No one but the commies in office have caused Walmart more headaches and cost them millions than the Clinton and the Obama administrations, particularly the Chucky Schumer machine.

This is a deplorable bribe for relief, or the Waltons are being used in some global connection with China is just as likely. There must be more to this story than meets our eye, and none of it looks good.


32 posted on 10/20/2012 9:59:16 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY)
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To: Steelfish

Disappointing


33 posted on 10/20/2012 10:08:49 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Calif4Palin
I'm done with Walmart too. There is a Target right across the parking lot. I'll still have to Walmart until I get my prescriptions changed.
34 posted on 10/20/2012 10:12:30 PM PDT by JimmyMc
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To: Steelfish

Yet another illustration of why we need to stop feeding the beast!

Gerald Celente is right - buy local, bank local.

Cut off funding; that’s all most of us can do to effect change. It’ll cost a little more and sometimes is inconvenient, but if we all do it we’ll be the better off for it, I assure you.


35 posted on 10/20/2012 10:17:43 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone ('We the People' can and will take this country back...starting today.)
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To: Steelfish

Walmart was the last American sore that I visited, on my way to the airport in Jan. 2005.
I never expect to see another one.


36 posted on 10/20/2012 10:29:09 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Steelfish

Wow, Wal-Mart just pooped on their biggest supporters.


37 posted on 10/20/2012 10:42:40 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: JimmyMc
I'm done with Walmart too. There is a Target right across the parking lot. I'll still have to Walmart until I get my prescriptions changed.


You might consider continuing to search for a new pharmacy.

Target offers same-sex wedding registries; vows political neutrality
38 posted on 10/20/2012 10:52:18 PM PDT by GOPmember
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To: funfan
“I bet they got some kind of Obamacare deal going”

Bingo!

39 posted on 10/20/2012 11:05:00 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Steelfish

I wonder if this has to do with Walmarts desire to get cheap crap out of China?


40 posted on 10/20/2012 11:59:09 PM PDT by proudpapa
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To: Steelfish

Gave one million to Obama.

Well, frankly then I really don’t care if unions succeed in taking over Walmart.

I wonder if this is to show appreciation to Obama for his huge increase in the welfare roles and EBT cards?


41 posted on 10/21/2012 1:07:51 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Dumb or Dumber? Biden or Obama?)
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To: Steelfish

Could be purely a business decision. Wal Mart is the biggest retailer of low cost goods — something people really, really need when the economy sucks.

4 more years of Obama guarantees 4 more years before Wal Mart has to worry about shoppers visiting more upscale alternatives.


42 posted on 10/21/2012 1:35:18 AM PDT by PressurePoint
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To: Steelfish

Gives me all the more reason to shop at a Target store.


43 posted on 10/21/2012 2:20:56 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Steelfish

I never go there. In our Walmart you have to either speak spanish, or Swahili. I don’t speak either.


44 posted on 10/21/2012 2:41:38 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Steelfish

I actually lasted 9 months working at Walmart. Worst place I ever worked. I have not set foot in a Walmart in 3 1/2 years.


45 posted on 10/21/2012 3:59:17 AM PDT by real saxophonist
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To: Artcore
"Was it given out of fear or stupidity?"

It was given out of pure self-interest. Romney has vowed to get tough on China's currency manipulation and Walmart is the by far the biggest profiteer on Chinese imports.

46 posted on 10/21/2012 4:18:54 AM PDT by Reo (the 4th Estate is a 5th Column)
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To: Steelfish

DISGUSTING!!!! Is Sam Walton GAY?? Honestly, why would decent people give money or votes to such LOWLIFES???


47 posted on 10/21/2012 5:03:15 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: tsowellfan
I hesitated because I was not sure of the name of the website that the ex Freeper owns that we’re not suppose to articles from.

Don't worry about that. It it is a site banned from FR, the posting page software will prevent you from posting.

48 posted on 10/21/2012 7:28:38 AM PDT by upchuck (Porn, cheaper than dating.)
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To: Reo
" It was given out of pure self-interest. Romney has vowed to get tough on China's currency manipulation and Walmart is the by far the biggest profiteer on Chinese imports."

Thank you. I was gonna say the same thing except I was gonna use more words.

Sam Walton II is just looking out for his own @$$, and Ayn Rand would approve.

49 posted on 10/21/2012 7:33:16 AM PDT by OKSooner
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To: Steelfish

You people here at FR stand up for Wal*Mart all the time. I’ve dealt with them as a supplier and they are ruthless at driving USA businesses out of business favoring China’s “lower costs”’ ,,, and now they support Obama? I’ve been flamed here often for my view. Ok, for the “love Wal*Mart” crowd here at FR ... Lets see you defend this ... Don’t give me “outrage” give me the defense. Kind of like defending liberals isn’t it...and you have done it often here for Wal*Mart, as naively as any Obama hope and changer. Now you see the real Wal*Mart appear and you are outraged. C’mon flamers, I want to see you defend this one. (Crickets?)


50 posted on 10/21/2012 7:41:29 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag
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