Walmart Heir Gives Surprise $300K to Obama PAC

The Waltons are famously conservative
By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2012 8:29 AM CDT
FILE-In this Thursday, May 12, 2005, file photo, customers leave Wal-Mart as a machine pushes shopping carts back to the store in Cheektowaga, N.Y. Wal-Mart Stores stores will be phasing out selling's...   (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

(Newser) – Expect the next Walton family reunion to be awkward: Samuel Rawlings Walton, grandson and namesake of the late Walmart founder, recently gave a $300,000 donation to a pro-Obama super PAC, reports the Washington Post. His grandfather was a well-known conservative, and several other Waltons have given big bucks to Republicans including Mitt Romney and George W. Bush. It's not the first time the 44-year-old black sheep has given money to Obama, but it's significantly heftier than his $30,000 donation in 2008. His money will help fund ads in swing states over the next few weeks.

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