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Governor Scott Walker Getting Millions From Out Of State Sources For Recall Election

December 15, 2011

Recall the cold snowy months when hundreds of thousands of protesters converged on the Wisconsin State Capitol to make a statement about collective bargaining?  Recall how the conservatives railed against those Wisconsinites for being active participants in the political process?  Recall how it was reported by the GOP that unions were sending members in from other states, and dollars were being sent to Wisconsin from around the nation to build a firewall around the power grab by Walker and Company?

Recall how the GOP was going almost blue in the face due to lack of oxygen as they kept repeating ‘they are coming in from others states’?

Well–One Wisconsin Now is reporting some stunning and rather hypocritical news about the Republicans and their outside interests who are sending truckloads of cash to Scott Walker.

Hmmmm……Why are so many GOPers not able to understand the meaning of ‘political consistency’?

Gov. Scott Walker grabbed half of the $5 million he raised in unlimited funds from outside of Wisconsin, including $250,000 from Texan Bob Perry, the architect of the infamous “Swift Boat” smear ads.

“Gov. Walker is trying save his skin by taking money from whomever and wherever in the country he can,” said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. “In all our years of analysis, we have never seen a politician try and win a Wisconsin race with so much non-Wisconsin money.”
According to One Wisconsin Now’s analysis, Walker’s just filed report shows he raised $2.48 million from Wisconsin and another jaw-dropping $2.39 million from out of state. This includes $463,800 from Texas and $439,700 from Illinois alone.

“Walker is criss-crossing the country and taking unprecedented outside money,” said Ross. “Walker’s already sold out Wisconsin’s workers, students and seniors and who knows what he’s promising in return for these millions of dollars.”

10 Comments
  1. Jason permalink
    December 19, 2011 10:25 AM

    @Purplepenquin
    No one “told me” they were from out of state. I do not just believe what people say because human beings are notorious liars and skew things in their favor. Through my own readings and seeing some interviews of the protestors it seems to me that Ohio unions had a big hand in bringing organization to the Madison protests. Many of the protestors interviewed were from out of state just like there are many out of state people taking signatures for the Walker recall. Dont believe me? Just walk up to 5 signature collectors and ask where they are from. Of the 2 I asked in Kenosha county alone one was working there from Michigan. Does this prove that they were “set up” by out of state? No, nothing can be proven based on the biased information out there presently but I think you are being a little naive if you think the unions didnt have a vested interest in organizing these things so to say that anyone who told me this is flat out lying, you have no proof to the contrary.

  2. December 18, 2011 11:17 AM

    Thanks Patrick.

  3. Patrick permalink
    December 18, 2011 10:53 AM

    The republicans are hypocritical for blasting out of state money and then collecting it themselves. Sadly, this form of hypocrisy is common.

  4. December 16, 2011 9:33 PM

    Dear Jason,

    Whoever told you that the protests were set up by “out of staters” is flat-out lying.

    Sincerely,
    A guy who lives in WI and helped set up the stages/sound gear for the protests

  5. December 16, 2011 6:22 PM

    Patrick,

    Baldwin is not running for Governor. She is running for Senate.

    The point is still out there that you have not addressed which is Walker and Company blasted away last winter at the outside groups coming into this state with ‘union’ money. Now we see the GOP is doing the same thing with corporate/conservative cash. So was it wrong then, but OK now? What is the Republican message I am to get from this?

    Bladwin or whomever for the moment is not the issue. It is the message from the party that you support that is the point, and I am just trying to figure out what that message is, and now after these messages back and forth if you agree with your party.

    I can say upfront I do not like to see outside interests coming into a state (any state) and playing the game. I am of the mind that far too much money is in politics. So I am always supporting ways to tamp it down.

  6. Patrick permalink
    December 16, 2011 5:40 PM

    Deke:

    While I suppose you have maintained a running commentary about the problem of money in politics, the other commentor is right in pointing out that your commentary is one-sided. Since Baldwin is obviously going to collect rivers of cash from out of state donors, I’m glad Walker will, too. I hope that the candidates and their surrogates would use the money to spread the facts, but the realist in me knows neither party will.

    The problem for Baldwin or whoever) will be that she will have two choices: to run a campaign simply saying Walker is bad, or to try to present some affirmative agenda to solve the problems of the state. Either way, she has little to run on. Therefore, she will need lots of money for negative attacks, and Wlaker, to defend himself.

  7. Jason permalink
    December 16, 2011 12:46 PM

    @dekerivers
    And yet there was no talk of the integrity that should have been in place during those protests that were set up from out-of-state sources. Stop acting like the dems are so virtuous because they arent. When the other side plays the same gameS you do all of the “cry foul” come out but is kept quiet when it’s done by the libs. This whole recall process is a laughing stock. Someone votes they way you dont like, someone mandates something you dont like and it’s RECALL, RECALL, I WANT A “DO OVER.” Where were you people when Doyle was raping this state to cover his special interests and robbing this account to pay that account and making sure every last business is buring rubber the get the hell out of here? Do you think combined reporting was such a great idea that it would benefit this once great state? Do your homework…the lib way didnt work and made things far worse. Doyle got out of politics before he got caught for something big but the dems gave him a free pass because all of the legal routes in this state are crammed with left and activist judges. Do you want to see corruption? Look back to the last Governor. There is an analogy that I can use that you may undertsand…
    If you give someone a sandwhich for dinner they appreciate the sandwhich.
    The next time they enjoy that sandwich but then ask for something else…
    Then is escalated to wanting steak to eat for dinner.
    What happenes when YOU can no longer afford the steak? That’s right…YOU have now become the bad guy. Do you see something similar happeneing in WI these days? Probably not, and this is where the problem lies.

  8. December 15, 2011 8:24 PM

    Patrick,

    So you have no problem with the hypocritical nature of what the GOP was complaining about in March but embracing in December?

  9. Patrick permalink
    December 15, 2011 7:56 PM

    Of course he is. Baldwin will, too.

  10. windy33 permalink
    December 15, 2011 7:40 PM

    koch brothers money WORTHLESS.

    voters behind the signatures to recall walker PRICELESS

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