Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:40 AM
hue (4,949 posts)
Walkergate: APCO Worldwide (esp the comments below)
Walkergate: APCO Worldwide
A couple of days ago, I reported that Scott Walker has spent a half a million dollars on his legal defense, either on himself or on his campaign. That sure is a helluva lot of cooperating for a supposedly innocent man.
As I mentioned, a wee fraction of that half a million, only $10,000 of it, went to a PR agency called APCO Worldwide:
I would be remiss if I didn't also point out that he dropped another $10,000 on a public relations firm:
Gov. Scott Walker used almost $10,000 of his controversial legal defense fund to pay a public relations bill, according to a quarterly report filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
According to the report, the Scott Walker Trust paid $9,988 for "public relations" on May 15 to Chicago-based APCO Worldwide Inc.
"This doesn't seem to square with what the governor said he needed that money for," said Mike McCabe, executive director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the election watchdog organization that first reported the filing. "He said over and over, he just needed to pay lawyers to help him with the investigation."
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Walkergate: APCO Worldwide (esp the comments below) (Original post)
Response to hue (Original post)
Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:04 PM
ewagner (17,864 posts)
4. I agree with one of the commenters
$10,000 is just the retainer and possibly a few bucks for editorials written for Wanker to sign...
the worst is yet to come otherwise I don't think he'd be adding to the defense fund itself
Response to midnight (Reply #5)
Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:29 PM
hue (4,949 posts)
6. from the comments:
"I think APCO arranged Walker's sudden emergence as an Op Ed writer in some major publications. This is standard PR work. Aside from that, they are probably monitoring social media.
$10,000 is not a lot of money. APCO will get much more once the indictment comes and they get to work poisoning the prospective jury pool. They do have a unit that deals with jury selection in civil suits against corporations, tobacco companies for instance.
I think anything that would appear especially nefarious and potentially embarrassing to Walker, such as rent-a-mobs, would be covered by a third party such as the Cline Mining Group or the the Kochs, or some other concerned corporate bandits."
The service APCO provides incorporates confidentiality for clients although there should be a concerted effort to follow Wanker's and his cronies' monies throughout the indictment & justice process. Others could pay/contribute money to APCO. I personally don't know of any objective evidence that would incriminate Wanker--but that doesn't mean the evidence doesn't exist.
Yet it is good that this aspect is coming to light so it can be watched.
It should get more press IMHO.
Response to hue (Reply #6)
Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:11 PM
midnight (26,624 posts)
7. "They do have a unit that deals with jury selection in civil suits against corporations, tobacco
companies for instance."
Interesting info... If they do have this unit in play how can this be known to the press, public?