A Lot Of Wisconsin Gov. Walker Recall Defense Funds Come From Out Of State
WISCONSINREPORT.COM (01/24/2012) - The Wisconsin Governor facing a recall election called for by one million Wisconsin residents who signed a statewide petition to bring about the recall, is raising a good deal of money from out of state donors. The latest reports of Republican Governor Scott Walker show he has amassed 61 percent of the 4.1 million dollars in individual contributions raised since December 11 from outside of Wisconsin.
Governor Walker grew huge disfavor for his actions in championing legislation that, among other things, took the right of Collective Bargaining away from public employees, and had other, far reaching provisions that many thought were over-reaching. Public Employees were upset with a law being passed that limited their ability to have collective input into workplace conditions, salaries and benefits.
Public Employees were joined by other workers from private sector unions who could see the "writing on the wall". They feared the law against public employees could easily spread to a law that would outlaw unions in the private sector as well. Huge gatherings of people at the State Capitol in Madison became protest demonstrations that drew national attention. The dissatisfaction soon spread into the slogan, Recall Walker Now.
The Recall Walker Now movement became a petition drive that raised one-million signatures of people who want to replace Governor Walker with someone more in keeping with what they feel are traditional Wisconsin, people-oriented values. The one-million signatures is nearly twice the required signers needed to trigger the recall process of a governor in Wisconsin.
Walker is allowed to raise unlimited money under the law to offset costs associated with his recall defense, but Walker sued to force taxpayers to finance the review of the more than 1 million recall signatures collected against him despite his use of the unlimited fundraising limits.
Walker’s four top donors, each giving $250,000, were also from out of state, including another $250,000 from Texas tycoon and Swift Boat sleazy ad financier Bob Perry.
"Gov. Scott Walker is traveling across America selling out Wisconsin to the highest bidder," said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director.
"Four donors from outside of Wisconsin gave Scott Walker a total of $1 million and 61 percent of his individual contributions since mid-December came from outside of Wisconsin," Ross continued.
According to an analysis by One Wisconsin Now, Walker raised $2.5 million from individuals outside of Wisconsin and $1.6 million from individuals in Wisconsin. Walker raised $750,000 from three executives in Missouri alone.
In Walker's previous report, One Wisconsin Now showed Walker took half of his $5 million in contributions from outside of Wisconsin. Walker raised another $384,000 from PACs and other contributions.
Walker’s four largest donors in the latest report include:
1. $250,000: Bob Perry, TX (also the financier of the so-called Swift Boat ads. Perry has now given Walker $500,000 in two contributions).
2. $250,000: David C. Humphreys, MO, Tamko Building Products (Residential and Commercial Roofing Products).
3. $250,000: Sarah Atkins, MO, Tamko Building Products (Residential and Commercial Roofing Products).
4. $250,000: Stanley M. Herzog, MO, Herzog Contracting (Highway and Railroad).
Walker also has three contributions of $100,000; four contributions of $50,000 and dozens of contributions above the normal campaign limit of $10,000.
"No wonder Walker doesn’t have time to try and stop the six straight months of job loss," said Ross.
"Traveling across the country to raise money is his day job, being Governor is just his hobby at this point," Ross commented.
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