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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 10:35 AM

Vos finds new way to hit up lobbyists

http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noquarter/vos-finds-new-way-to-hit-up-lobbyists-nd8nmfr-190623551.html

You'd think politicians had long ago mastered every trick in the book for generating campaign cash.

Not so.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and his GOP leadership team found a new system this past election cycle:

Shake down the lobbyists for personal donations.

For years, Madison pols have been asking lobbyists to hit up their clients and company execs for donations. But starting in June, Vos and the Assembly Republican leaders began calling in and contacting lobbyists one by one to say they were each on the hook for at least $500.

The result: Vos collected $36,000 in personally signed checks from scores of lobbyists in the final months before the November election, money that went into a fund and then was distributed to targeted Assembly races, according to recently filed campaign reports. The maximum donation to a state rep is $500.

Some Madison types contacted No Quarter to complain about what were dubbed "loyalty checks" - though the tactic is perfectly legal.
"Lobbyists were quite upset - most of them saw it as an obnoxious 'loyalty check' by the new leadership and an incredibly arrogant display of partisan power," said one Republican insider. "Who was going to say no to a personal request from the next speaker of the Assembly?"

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Vos has no problem stooping so low!!

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Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 10:39 AM

1. What makes you think he had to stoop?

He was already down there.

The only thing any of this gang could do to surprise me would be to engage in some generous act with no visible payoff.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:04 AM

2. Haha! Too true!!

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Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 01:51 PM

3. So the lobbyists found it offensive, but paid up anyway. Vos, Wanker, Fitzasshole brothers ...

... and the bunch of them are living proof that the repugnance of Republican behavior is a bottomless abyss.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:11 PM

4. Nothing Vos does surprises me

Vos, Walker, Fitz, Grothman, and so many others currently in power...dangerously stupid and entirely corrupt.

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