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Tue Jun 5, 2012, 04:42 PM

IF Scott Walker beats the recall it will mean the Koch Brothers' investment paid off

Wisconsin Recall: Walker Rakes in Millions While Koch Brothers Pump Secret Cash



The June 5 Wisconsin recall vote is just days away, and Republican Gov. Scott Walker has raised more campaign cash than any candidate in Wisconsin history, with more than $31 million raised since he took office in January 2011. Walker's war chest, which grew by a whopping $5.9 million in the past five weeks, dwarfs that of his Democratic opponent, former Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who's fundraising total of $4.2 million in comparison had Wisconsin Democrats scolding their party's national leadership.

Walker has spent more than $20 million campaigning to stay in office and has raised nearly that much since January, but hefty donations to Walker's campaign coffers aren't the only source of big money support for the governor who stripped most of Wisconsin's public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Political Action Committees (PACs) and nonprofit front groups have allowed the Koch brothers and other corporate sources of out-of-state cash to funnel millions of dollars into Wisconsin for campaign initiatives and television ads promoting Walker and his pro-business, union-busting agenda.

Koch Brothers and the RGA

The Republican Governor's Association (RGA) has spent more than $8 million in Wisconsin on television ads attacking Barrett and supporting Walker through its Right Direction Wisconsin PAC, according to the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Earlier this year, David Koch of Koch brothers fame gave the RGA $1 million and Koch Industries, the massive petrochemical and commodities conglomerate owned by David and his brother Charles, has pumped more than $2 million into the RGA so far this year, according to the Campaign for Responsive Politics.
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Reply IF Scott Walker beats the recall it will mean the Koch Brothers' investment paid off (Original post)
Bill USA Jun 2012 OP
HereSince1628 Jun 2012 #1
FiveGoodMen Jun 2012 #2
HereSince1628 Jun 2012 #3
FiveGoodMen Jun 2012 #4
orjela22 Jun 2012 #5
cbayer Jun 2012 #6
sinkingfeeling Jun 2012 #7
Bill USA Jun 2012 #8
shcrane71 Jun 2012 #9

Response to Bill USA (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 04:55 PM

1. IMO it will mean that with a 30-1 spending advantage most of that money was wasted

The polls from last summer look an awfully lot like the polls from the last month.

My guess is that the billionaire puppeteers will be rethinking things.

It's probably easier, cheaper, and less likely to influence corporate images just to buy legislators directly--you know, politics the old fashioned way.

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 08:52 PM

2. If we don't blame the spending advantage

then we have to blame the people of Wisconsin.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 08:58 PM

3. Fuck the blaming of the people of Wisconsin.

No matter how it turns out.

The PEOPLE of Wisconsin have engaged the process of Democracy. There are lessons to be learned. Some obvious, some not so obvious.


But there is no doubt that the People of Wisconsin, like the people of Ohio, and elsewhere, believe in democracy and tried to make it work.

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 01:12 PM

4. WELL over half of those who voted, voted for the fascist

Are those voters not people of Wisconsin?

(Obviously there are many, many good people living there as well. And they certainly don't deserve what's coming.)

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 03:11 PM

5. live in WI

yesterday was a sad day.. how can people make the same mistake twice??

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Response to orjela22 (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 03:30 PM

6. Welcome to DU, orjela.

We share your pain.

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Response to orjela22 (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 03:59 PM

7. Welcome to DU. Maybe Walker will be charged soon.

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Response to orjela22 (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 04:16 PM

8. Barrett outspent 7 to 1.

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Response to orjela22 (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 04:17 PM

9. Welcome to DU. Your election was stolen, and NBC sure didn't help to ferret out corruption. nt

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