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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-11 11:07 PM
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Record-setting money flows to Wisconsin for recall elections to test GOP agenda
Edited on Mon Aug-08-11 11:09 PM by alp227
Source: The Washington Post

Record-breaking donations are pouring into Wisconsin for state Senate recall elections on Tuesday that could help shape the future of the national GOP agenda.

The recall effort was triggered by Republican Gov. Scott Walkers move to sharply curtail collective-bargaining rights for public employees in the state. That decision ignited huge protests at the state Capitol this year. But the campaigns are now tackling the issues at the heart of the national Republican political agenda. They include refusing to raise taxes even on corporations and the wealthy for fear of dampening job creation, and relying solely on cuts to government programs to close yawning budget gaps.

Outside groups led by national unions on the Democratic side and limited government groups such as the Wisconsin Club for Growth on the Republican side have shoveled more than $25 million into the recall effort, with both sides spending about the same amount. The candidates, meanwhile, have raised more than $5 million.

The staggering dollar amounts being showered on the eight recall campaigns which after a July 19 election and Tuesdays six contests will conclude with two elections on Aug. 16 are shattering state records. In 2010, when the 99-member assembly and half the 33-member state Senate was up for election, outside organizations spent $3.75 million in Wisconsin 15 percent of this years total.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/record-s...



Record-setting? Something for which we can thank the Citizens United v. FEC case.
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-09-11 12:06 AM
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1. If you don't talk the talk, you can't walk the walk, Walker. You lied!
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cstanleytech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-09-11 12:07 AM
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2. "refusing to raise taxes even on corporations and the wealthy for fear of dampening job creation"
The tax cuts have been in place for years and companies rather than hire people are still sitting on the money, it makes me want to buy a full page ad in every news paper for the next week saying "Wanting to buy a clue for the GOP, your tax breaks have failed the nation!!!!"
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oldhippydude Donating Member (446 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-09-11 01:47 AM
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3. ah but they were
only sitting on the money.. instead of buying influence!!
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999998th word Donating Member (555 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-09-11 02:03 AM
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4. No the Tpublicans have grossly outspent the Democratic Party
the Unions,and the private donations sent by real people.They have poured obscene amounts of $$$$$$$$$$ into this .
This is a 0 sum game for them.If they win, we ALL lose.
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