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Big surprise (not)! Gov. Walker is a creature of Koch Industries…

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Funded by the Koch Bros.
By Andy Kroll| Fri Feb. 18, 2011

Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker, whose bill to kill collective bargaining rights for public-sector unions has caused an uproar among state employees, might not be where he is today without the Koch brothers. Charles and David Koch are conservative titans of industry who have infamously used their vast wealth to undermine President Obama and fight legislation they detest, such as the cap-and-trade climate bill, the health care reform act, and the economic stimulus package. For years, the billionaires have made extensive political donations to Republican candidates across the country and have provided millions of dollars to astroturf right-wing organizations. Koch Industries’ political action committee has doled out more than $2.6 million to candidates. And one prominent beneficiary of the Koch brothers’ largess is Scott Walker.

According to Wisconsin campaign finance filings, Walker’s gubernatorial campaign received $43,000 from the Koch Industries PAC during the 2010 election. That donation was his campaign’s second-highest, behind $43,125 in contributions from housing and realtor groups in Wisconsin. The Koch’s PAC also helped Walker via a familiar and much-used politicial maneuver designed to allow donors to skirt campaign finance limits. The PAC gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, which in turn spent $65,000 on independent expenditures to support Walker. The RGA also spent a whopping $3.4 million on TV ads and mailers attacking Walker’s opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Walker ended up beating Barrett by 5 points. The Koch money, no doubt, helped greatly.

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  11. Lisa Graves

    February 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Hey Andy!
    Just wanted to flag for you that we have a more in-depth report documenting that the spent $5 million against Barrett to get Walker in office, after David Koch wrote a personal check to the RGA for $1 million (which Murdoch matched from NewsCorp):
    http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/02/9964/cmd-special-report-scott-walker-runs-koch-money

  12. Lisa Graves

    February 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Hey Mark!
    Just wanted to flag for you that we have a more in-depth report documenting that the spent $5 million against Barrett to get Walker in office, after David Koch wrote a personal check to the RGA for $1 million (which Murdoch matched from NewsCorp):
    http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/02/9964/cmd-special-report-scott-walker-runs-koch-money

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