The Walker Files

Posted: March 11, 2015
Updated: August 10, 2017

Below is a collection of reports and stories by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign about Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Most of the reports detail Walker’s special interest support and fundraising, and how they have often mingled with his legislative agenda since he was elected governor in November, 2010.

2017

Walker approves WMC, Koch-backed anti-regulation bill

Walker accepted $1 of every $3 in campaign contributions from outside Wisconsin

Walker signs bill loosening fish farm regulations

Walker’s assault on clean and open government

Why Walker signed high-cap well bill

Walker celebrates with donors who gave him $100K+

Walker got $51K in campaign contributions from WEDC recipients

Budget committee removes Walker policy items from proposed state budget

Gundersen Lutheran bigwigs gave $44K to Walker

Guv’s regent nominees gave his campaign $22K+

Walker's budget proposes millions in breaks for special interest contributors

Walker resurrects plan to end state's local government insurance program

Catering to special interests contributes to state’s road deterioration

The money behind dumping the state’s for-profit college watchdog

Walker slashes good government boards

Walker got $42K+ from first-time donors who have state contract

Walker wins praise from WMC, Koch group for food stamp rules

2016

DNR still mulling permit for factory farm sought by Walker contributors

WMC, ag industry back plan to privatize, reorganize DNR duties

Walker donors got DNR well permits

Who’s still donating big bucks to Walker’s presidential support group?

GOP opposes tougher fed rules on payday lenders

Sickening gloating by Walker, rightwing groups

Disastrous duck by U.S. Supreme Court! Walker off scot-free?

Wisconsin legislators keep heat on Walker

WDC files complaint with IRS against Wisconsin Club for Growth

Law firm to organize property owners affected By Enbridge Oil pipeline project

Food, drinks at private fundraisers no longer count

High-spending special interests getting good returns

Higher contribution limits net $251K more for legislative, statewide officeholders

DNR board approves watered-down plan to protect drinking water from manure

Conservative Milwaukee attorney named to Wisconsin Supreme Court

Factory farm owned by head of powerful ag group probed for manure runoff

Walker’s DNR resurrects land deal with major contributor

Factory farm owners in manure case gave Walker $30,000+

UPDATE: Walker to pick from three finalists for high court appointment

Walker’s NRA bankroll topped $3.5 million

Wealthy Walker supporters now helping Trump

Here are the 11 applicants for retiring Justice David Prosser’s job

Walker has $42 million reasons to reduce pollution enforcement

Payday lenders gave $339K in Wisconsin for usury

Former GOP lawmaker and Walker contributor gets state testing contract

Walker declares energy emergency at behest of special interest group

Owners of worst frac sand mine gave $8K to Walker

New WEDC board member gave $22K to Walker

Walker accepted $21K from company that cut jobs after tax breaks

Walker weakens local control over property use, development decisions

Walker, Vos, disgraceful on voter ID funding

Walker loosens more rules for waterfront property owners

Report, "Walker's Worst 100," details assault on Wisconsin’s way of life

Walker approves reduced access, increased logging on private forestland

Bill to ease sulfur dioxide pollution enforcement goes to Walker

Senate passes, Walker signs bill to crush voter registration drives

Scott Walker's laughable boast

Big ag racks up wins with Wisconsin lawmakers

Walker approves more laws to limit local control

Walker pays $28K in penalties for campaign finance violations

Debt collectors have Walker in their pocket

Bevy of special interest bills ready for final action by Walker

Big money rejoices over Walker’s halt on pollution rules

Walker's run for president fed his governor's war chest

Walker has 3.5 million reasons to challenge Obama gun sale regulations

2015

Ag’s big money and polluted well water in Kewaunee County

Walker administration has $38 million reasons for lax environmental enforcement

Polaris Industries backs lower age limit for rec vehicles

Kohler Co. chief contributed $40K to Walker in recent years

Love triangle:  Johnson Controls, Walker contributions, and WEDC

Milk Source, a big Walker donor, wins in judge's ruling on wells

Health insurers, doctors want lawmakers to have more say over state health insurance

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign denounces Republican plan to smash the GAB

DNR board decides to delay state land sale to Walker donor

GOP legislators seek repeal of law used against major donor

Leading Walker donor to buy lake frontage property from DNR

Did Walker get contributions from beyond the grave?

Walker appointed judge who contributed to him

Bill would reduce state oversight of controversial high-capacity wells

How school voucher interests cashed in here in Wisconsin

Labor PACs contributed $64K to Republican gov, AG, legislators

Eaton's gifts to and from Walker

PAC contributions up sharply in first half of 2015

Health insurers, HMOs gave about $360K to Walker’s state campaigns

Spending by candidates for governor increased nearly 680 percent in 20 years

Walker's out-of-state money tilts the balance

Walker uses donor’s company for air travel

Top donors to Walker’s presidential fundraising committees

Local shoreline development rules loosened

Update on WDC’s complaint to GAB

Behind the loosening of lead paint regulations

Walker’s state campaign raised nearly 90 percent from outside Wisconsin

Federal committees raise more than $26 million to support Walker prez bid

Walker's state fundraising committee raises $5.9 Million in first half of 2015

Walker piles on GAB

Walker sides with Enbridge over communities, private property owners

WDC condemns state Supreme Court ruling in John Doe II

State budget opens door to more patronage in civil service

Walker campaign finance report questions

Walker signs law to loosen loan regulations

Walker signs bill to let high-end donor get public cash for golf course

Walker approves new laws to loosen gun purchase, carry

Walker received $104K from executives of companies that got state WEDC aid without a review

Group asks probe of NRA’s political spending

Walker got nearly $18K from executives whose companies failed to repay WEDC loans

Retirees continue to top Walker’s donor base

Walker appoints collective bargaining, redistricting lawyers to judgeships

Grebe, Bradley reap regent reward from Walker

The pay off on school voucher expansion

Enbridge gets green award from WMC with DNR help

The Minahan File

Here’s the money behind the bill to ban abortions at 20 weeks

Walker campaign donor’s project gets another nod from DNR

Walker wants to delay tougher phosphorous pollutions standards

How the Koch brothers helped Scott Walker

Walker got $7,900 from company that laid off workers after tax breaks

Wisconsin Joint Finance to Cities, Counties: Good Luck Getting Insurance!

Walker is Kochs’ $5 million man

Former aides create super PAC to back Walker in 2016

Walker makes rare campaign contributions to fellow Republicans

Donald Trump joined Menard in funding Walker

The Menard File: See his contributions to Walker and others

Big ag up for $720K+ in fee breaks in Walker’s state budget

Bill would give subsidies to high-end donor for golf course project

Utilities seeking state approval for merger gave Walker $171K+

Railroad that got state wetland-filling permit contributed $15K+ to Walker

Unions contributed more than $83K to help reelect Walker

Walker’s assault on unions is part of his assault on democracy

Pro right-to-work groups spent $5M+ to help reelect Walker in 2014

Walker's proposed logging deregulation follows $68K in campaign contributions

Wisconsin governor's race cost nearly $82 million

13 ways Walker’s budget takes accountability away

Group files complaint about Walker’s federal fundraising committee

The money behind Walker’s laxity toward for-profit colleges

Walker wants public in the dark about UW research

Walker has received $2.4 Million in contributions, help from school voucher supporters

Walker continued to get majority of campaign cash from outside Wisconsin

Winning bidders for state office project gave Walker $58K

Walker’s 2014 fundraising and spending three times higher than 2010

Business group that backs new arena contributed generously to Walker, group

See Scott Walker's biggest contributors

Tribes gave $170,000 to electioneering group that supported Walker

2014

Special interest smorgasbord, Part 2

Walker to out-of-state interests: Keep your celebrities, but send money. . . to me

Ultrawealthy pump $3.8 million in 90 days into elections

Muzzling democracy

Big donor seeks OK for golf course project in state park

Companies cited in investigative report gave generously to governor

Pro-Walker electioneering group gets $1 million contribution from Wisconsin couple

Walker accepted bulk of individual campaign cash from big donors

2013

Walker’s Whales: Governor continues to rake in big money from elite class of donors

Mine backers drill with big cash to ease regulations

Walker donations undergo sex change

Casino opponent continues big contributions to Republican electioneering group

Walker's casino approval strategy likely to benefit large GOP donors

2012

Walker recall campaign finance profile

Recall race for governor cost $81 million

Walker post-election contributions above $1,000

Walker contributions above $1,000

Walker contributions cxceeding $1,000

Walker contributions over $1,000

Biz PAC fined for excessive contributions; Walker returns money

Walker draws $200k over lunch in palm beach

"A deal's a deal". . . until donations pour in

2011

Contributions over $1,000 to Governor Walker

Wealthy voucher donors getting choice policy payback

Walker guts Impartial Justice Act

Walker, GOP legislature tending special interest wish iists

Record $37.4 million spent in governor’s race

Walker donor blows contribution limit, gets reward

2010

Walker 2010 campaign finance profile

Mining project execs gave Walker $10,000

Walker’s retiree parties, tax cuts may reward donor base

Scott Walker: Transportation chameleon