National Money Flows to Walker

In this update: 1. One percenters across America come to Walker’s defense 2. Stop anti-disclosure bill National Money Flows to Walker

Email date: 1/24/12

In this update:
1. One percenters across America come to Walker’s defense
2. Stop anti-disclosure bill

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One percenters across America come to Walker’s defense
It’s official. Governor Scott Walker now has raised more campaign money than anyone seeking any state office in Wisconsin history. And he’s just getting warmed up. A recall election has not yet been authorized, and Walker can continue to rake in donations of unlimited size until one is.

Walker’s latest campaign finance report covering the last five weeks shows he raised more than $4.1 million in individual contributions, with 61% of those donations coming from outside Wisconsin. Walker received nearly $2.3 million from just 33 donors. The Democracy Campaign just posted a list of contributions of over $1,000 received during this most recent reporting period.

Topping the list is Texas homebuilder Bob Perry, who gave another $250,000 to bring his total contributions to Walker to $500,000. Perry is best known as the man behind the smear group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that aired attack ads against John Kerry in the 2004 presidential race. Three Missouri business executives also gave Walker $250,000 each.

In addition to the donations from individual contributors, two political action committees – Honeywell International’s and one run by the Milwaukee chamber of commerce – made three contributions totaling $195,000. The state Republican Party also made two contributions totaling $124,501.

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Stop anti-disclosure bill
WISC-TV aired an editorial last night calling for wiser heads to prevail in the state senate after a senate committee voted yesterday to approve legislation that would eliminate disclosure of the financial interests of campaign donors. In testimony given at a January 12 committee hearing, the Democracy Campaign called the proposed changes a “dagger to the heart of Wisconsin’s campaign finance disclosure laws” and an “act of violence against the public’s right to know what interests are behind campaign donations.”

Since that hearing, the bill has been made considerably worse. The original bill eliminated the required disclosure of the employer of any donor who gives more than $100. The senate committee approved an amendment that raises the threshold triggering reporting of financial interests to $250 and eliminates disclosure of a donor’s occupation as well as employer.

Thank you to all who responded to yesterday’s call to action and contacted senators to express opposition to the anti-disclosure bill. If you have not yet done so, we urge you take a few minutes to call or email your senator now.