88% of the Money Gov. Walker Raised in Q1 ’12 Came from Out of State Before Recall Donation Limits Kicked In
The time is now for Scott Walker to gather as much out-of-state money as possible. As a matter of fact, that’s the only kind of time Scott Walker keeps.
The recall election is upon us and the John Doe Investigation into alleged abuses of power and illegal fundraising during Walker’s time as County Executive is barreling on unabated. Luckily for Walker, the billionaire spigot doesn’t really have an off position in Madison.
In February, to reward his “open enrollment” bill that aims to turn Wisconsin’s education system into a privatized gambling ring where children are the chips, out-of-state enemy #1, David Koch, wrote the Republican Governor’s Association a $1,000,000 check. The Koch-funded McIver Institute was a major backer of the “open enrollment” concept.
Look at this incredible graphich mapping Koch’s financial commitment to Walker:
But it isn’t just the Brothers Koch funneling domestic foreign aid into Wisconsin politics, Scott Walker’s billionaires club provided nearly $4 million of the $4.5 million the Governor raised in the first quarter of 2012, according to Crooks & Liars. This entire $4 million came in the five-week period before the limits on donations for the recall kicked in.
This isn’t surprising and has been well reported. But it is nonetheless worth noting over and over, just as Walker and his lot repeatedly insist on falsely accusing the recall effort of being Washington-driven, a mere product of “Big Labor” overreach. The truth is, this is a uniquely Wisconsin uprising, led by Wisconsinites who learned very quickly that Scott Walker’s special interest infleunces intend to make a dirty mockery of Democracy in the state…from out of state.