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John Walton died last year, crashing his experimental aircraft near his home in Montana. But that hasn't kept him from being one of the major political donors in Florida's elections this year.

The estate of Walton, one of the heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, has funneled more than $2-million this year into a group that favors private school vouchers and that is playing a role in 15 Florida legislative races, including two hard-fought campaigns for state Senate seats in the Tampa Bay area.

The largesse of Walton's estate ranks near the top of 14 entities that have contributed at least $1-million over the past two years in local and state elections, mostly in anticipation of Tuesday's election, according to a St. Petersburg Times analysis of state campaign finance reports through Oct. 21. More here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:36am]


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