Unions Cut Losses, Kochs Double Down

In this update: 1. Labor group rethinking recall election strategy 2. Koch brothers up the ante 3. ALEC draws IRS complaint 4. What history teaches us Unions Cut Losses, Kochs Double Down

Email date: 4/23/12

In this update:
1. Labor group rethinking recall election strategy
2. Koch brothers up the ante
3. ALEC draws IRS complaint
4. What history teaches us

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Labor group rethinking recall election strategy
The Democracy Campaign was among the first to publicly condemn the budget veto pledge that labor unions asked candidates for governor to take and one Democrat actually signed. WDC then worked to pull the cloak off a group organized to assist that candidate, helping to expose where the group was getting its money. Days later, Russ Feingold’s Progressives United sharply criticized the group, comparing it to the federal Super PACs that are poisoning the presidential election.

Two and a half months after we initially sounded off on the unions’ recall election scheme, a light bulb apparently has gone on and the labor group has pulled its ads.

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Koch brothers up the ante
While labor unions evidently are reconsidering their recall strategy, it’s full steam ahead for the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. According to tax records filed this week, David Koch recently gave the Republican Governors Association $1 million to help pay for ads supporting Governor Scott Walker.

The Kochs gave $1 million to the RGA to help Walker win the 2010 election, and funneled $43,000 directly to Walker’s campaign. To combat the recall, their group Americans for Prosperity has already been behind $1.2 million in pro-Walker TV ads in late 2011 and another $1.4 million in ads so far this year. And now this new million-dollar deposit in the RGA’s account.

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ALEC draws IRS complaint
On the heels of a dozen corporations renouncing their membership, there was more bad news today for the American Legislative Exchange Council. The national office of Common Cause has filed a taxpayer whistle-blower complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against the corporate-funded bill mill and special interest dating service.

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What history teaches us
A common theme in WDC director Mike McCabe’s speeches is that Wisconsin faces no political challenge today that hasn’t been faced before and defeated right here on this soil. We can take comfort in and draw inspiration from our state’s own past struggles. In the fight against corruption, we don’t have to make history, we only have to repeat it.