Governor Walker Rakes In Outside Cash for Recall Fight
A funny thing happened in Wisconsin. Governor Walker, the guy carrying the torch for a warped, Randian version of corporate conservatism and lawless markets, has raised 5.1 million dollars to defend himself against the recall fight against him and nearly half of that money came from outside the state.
So much for the conservative memes of states rights prevailing, small local government and “Wisconsin supports Walker!” rah-rah.
The Wausau Daily Herald reports:
That news came a day after Gov. Scott Walker submitted documents revealing nearly half of the $5.1 million he raised — the most by one candidate in one filing period in state history — came from beyond state borders…..
Other documents made public Friday covering contributions from July 1 to Dec. 10 show:
» United Wisconsin, the organization heading the Walker recall effort, raised more than $300,000, 82 percent of which came from in-state.
» The biggest donor to the Democratic Party was the State Senate Democratic Committee, which gave $212,949. Three unions giving about $41,000 total were among the Democrats’ biggest donors.
Walker’s campaign has said more than 37,000 donors contributed $50 or less to the governor, a total that helped him raise about $7.6 million so far this year. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analyzed the governor’s fundraising documents and said that 45 percent of Walkers donors gave $1,000 or more.
So, we have 82% of the recall effort’s money coming from within the state and nearly 50% of the money defending Walker coming from out of state.
In a separate issue, Unions gave $41,000 to the Democratic Party while 45% of Walker’s donors gave more than $1,000.
Governor Walker’s gubernatorial campaign and previous campaign both came under fire for receiving illegal donations from the same company that had used their employees to funnel money to the candidate, resulting in felony convictions for the donor in the 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Conservatives cling to the idea that unions are ruining democracy with their donations to political campaigns and yet they defend Citizens United. Why?
They never get around to addressing the inherent conflict within this belief system; corporate conservatives claim to support Citizens United because “people run corporations and therefor corporations represent people,” but of course this argument applies to unions even more strongly than it does to corporations. The facts are that corporations have a lot more money to donate to campaigns than do unions these days, thanks in some measure to the efforts by Republicans to dismantle and disempower unions. Conservatives are told to support Citizens United because it behooves the corporate power brokers for them to do so. In actuality, we would all be better off if neither unions nor corporations could give endless cash to political campaigns.
It begs the question: why does a party think they need corporate cash in order to sell their ideas if their ideas could stand on their own, sans money to sell them?
Governor Walker is fighting this recall with a massive fund raising drive and the out of state money demonstrates that the Republican Party sees the recall fight as a referendum on their ideology. Democrats are fighting back, albeit without nearly as much money and most of it from within the state, attempting to oust the Governor as a referendum on his rather Draconian policies and attacks on collective bargaining rights.
As an amusing aside, Monday was the day that Walker was going to start charging the people to exercise their first amendment rights at the Capitol, but the sing-a-long protests continued without interruption in spite of the fact that they had no permit. All was peaceful until “a conservative protester in the middle of the crowd who chanted “DOA, kick them out” while holding signs criticizing the protesters.” One wonders how the Walker rule will divvy up charges for the police if the disturbances are caused not by the protesters but by people protesting the protesters. And do those folks also need a permit? Questions abound in the legal quicksand that is Fitzwalkerstan.
Can outside money save Scott Walker? We’re going to find out.