Mining Project Execs Gave Walker $10,000
Mining industry, law firm contributed nearly $40,000 in two months
December 15, 2010

Madison – Republican Governor-elect Scott Walker accepted $10,000 in campaign contributions from a mining company owner and one of his executives around the time the company reportedly contacted Walker about developing an open-pit iron ore mine, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.

In addition, mine developer Christopher Cline of Beckley, West Virginia, several executives with his out-of-state mining companies, a law firm he does business with and owners of the northern Wisconsin land where the mine may be located contributed $29,750 to Democratic State Senator Jeff Plale, Republican Representative Mark Honadel, both of South Milwaukee, and Republican legislative candidate Shirl LaBarre of Hayward (Table).

The Democracy Campaign’s preliminary review of the latest campaign finance reports filed with the state shows the contributions to Walker and the others, totaling $39,750, were made between August 3 and October 7 from 29 individuals. All but one individual were first-time contributors to Wisconsin legislative and statewide candidates.

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