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A 50-State-Plus-DC Exploration of Alice Walton’s Political Contributions

October 18, 2018

Several days ago, I began an exploration of the political contributions of billionaire Wal-Mart heir, Alice Walton. I was both curious about her political spending and desiring to offer readers quick links to the campaign finance web sites in all 50 states and DC.

Below are my findings. I have bolded all entries indication Alice Walton’s spending.

As anyone familiar with Walton’s school choice preferences might expect, she donates her money toward the advancement of charter schools and vouchers. She also likes the Teach for America (TFA) spinoff, Leadership for Ed Equity.

When it comes to school choice and anti-union politicians, Walton is fine with contributing to the coffers of NY Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, and to the pseudo-Democratic org, Democrats for Ed Reform (DFER). Of course, there is still money for Betsy DeVos’ American Federation for Children, which is connected to DFER via Kevin Chavous.

  • AL: $50,000; AL Fed for Children PAC; 03/21/2016.
  • AK: No contributor search.
  • AZ: $5,000; Friends of Reginald Bolding; 11/08/2017.
  • AR: No contributions from Alice Walton. (Other Walton relatives listed.)
  • CA: $6.2M, including multiple donations to (former Green Dot charter president) Marshall Tuck campaign and Charter Schools PAC; 2012-2018.
  • CO: $5,150, including Leadership for Ed Equity PAC; 2014 – 2017.
  • CT: $195,000; Build CT; Change Course CT, and Campaign for CT’s Future; 2017 -2018.
  • DC: $437,730; Democrats for Ed Reform DC; 2016 – 2018.
  • DE: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • FL: $2.4M; All Children Matter (2008); Florida Fed. for Children (2014, 2016).
  • GA: $1.2M, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. PAC for Responsible Govt. and Families for Better Public Schools; 2008 – 2012.
  • HI: No contributor search.
  • ID: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • IL: $1M; mostly INCS Action PAC (Charter Schools) (2015 – 2018).
  • IN: $412,863; American Fed. for Children Action Fund; 2010.
  • IA: No contributions from Alice Walton (to PACs, at least). Not user-friendly for contributor searches.
  • KS: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • KY: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • LA: $683,000; including Louisiana Federation for Children PAC and Empower Louisiana PAC (supports school choice candidates); 2009 – 2016.
  • ME: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • MD: $8500; Leadership for Education Equity PAC ($6000) and Citizens for Bill Ferguson (Senate) ($2500); 2017.
  • MA: $1.5M; Committee for Charter Public Schools ($30K) in 2009; Yes on Two ($710K) and Families for excellent Schools Advocacy ($750K) in 2016.
  • MI: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • MN: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • MS: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • MO: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • MT: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • NE: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • NV: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • NH: No contributions from Alice Walton. (Search stops at 2014.)
  • NJ: $500,000; General Majority PAC, 2017.
  • NM: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • NY: $2.96M, including New Yorkers for a Balanced Albany; Democrats for Education Reform NY; Coalitions for Public Charter Schools PAC; Andrew Cuomo 2018; New Yorkers for Independent Action; New Yorkers for Putting Students First; Leadership for Educational Equity NY; Parents Vote, New Yorkers for Independent Action, and Moving New York Families Forward.
  • NC: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • ND: No contributor search.
  • OH: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • OK: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • OR: No contributor search.
  • PA: No contributor search.
  • RI: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • SC: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • SD: No contributor search.
  • TN: $244,100; Tennesseans Putting Students First; Tennessee Federation for Children PAC (2018); Education Reform Now Advocacy (2016); Wal-Mart Stores PAC for Responsible Government (2009, 2010).
  • TX: No contributor search.
  • UT: No contributor search.
  • VT: No contributions from Alice Walton.
  • VA: No contributor search.
  • WA: No contributor search.
  • WV: Difficult to search contributions. No general search.
  • WI: No contributions from Alice Walton from 2016 – 2018; tedious search.
  • WY: No contributions from Alice Walton.
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Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of two other books: A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education and Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?. You should buy these books. They’re great. No, really.

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4 Comments
  1. Laura H. Chapman permalink

    Wonderful job here and in the live demos at the NPE Conference in Indianapolis. You had the full attention of the audience.

  2. Linda permalink

    An article in Baffler (9/5/2017, “Academe on the Auction Block”, by David Johnson) describes a professor at the University of New Orleans- Prof. Chris Suprenant (other public university professors are identified as well).
    Integrity should prevent Koch libertarians from taking paychecks from public entities like universities. Citizens sacrificed to build public universities so that middle income and poor students had an alternative to legacy admission schools. The specter of political activists among staff undermining public institutions from within is repugnant because it reflects a betrayal of public trust. No private industry management would allow the organization’s existence to be jeopardized intentionally by
    employees advocating for those who plot to destroy the organization.

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