The Enthusiastic Few

In this update: 1. Fundraising by governor hopefuls shows enthusiasm of select few 2. Corporate welfare recipients who outsourced jobs give liberally to Walker 3. Kickstarter campaign for WDC director’s book heads into homestretch The Enthusiastic Few

Email date: 7/14/14

In this update:
1. Fundraising by governor hopefuls shows enthusiasm of select few
2. Corporate welfare recipients who outsourced jobs give liberally to Walker
3. Kickstarter campaign for WDC director’s book heads into homestretch

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Fundraising by governor hopefuls shows enthusiasm of select few
If money talks, what is it saying so far in Wisconsin’s 2014 election for governor? The candidates are fond of characterizing their prodigious fundraising as a reflection of how appealing they are to voters. In reality, the millions of dollars collected so far say nothing at all about how most voters feel. They are only a measure of the enthusiasm of the tiny segment of society that makes all these political donations, namely a fraction of 1% of Wisconsin’s population along with an elite corps of wealthy individuals who live outside our state’s borders. Judging from the numbers, the donor class is wildly excited about this race.

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Corporate welfare recipients who outsourced jobs give liberally to Walker
After the local ABC affiliate in Madison aired an investigative report showing that several companies that received taxpayer-funded subsidies from the embattled economic development office created by Governor Scott Walker to create employment and then outsourced jobs overseas, the Democracy Campaign helped tell the rest of the story by bringing to light tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to the governor from executives of the companies.

In the most recent post on our blog, WDC research director Michael Buelow spotlighted another deal in the works to turn some state park land that includes sensitive wetlands into a golf course. The project is being pushed by the Kohler Company, whose president is a major donor to Walker, and needs a green light from the state Department of Natural Resources.

 

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Kickstarter campaign for WDC director’s book heads into homestretch
The crowdfunding appeal launched by the publisher of Mike McCabe’s upcoming book Blue Jeans in High Places is in its final two days. The campaign has already surpassed its goal by nearly 30%.