Major Walker Donor Named Chief Planner for Foxconn Project

May 15, 2018

A company owned by a major donor to Republican Gov. Scott Walker was named the chief planner for the taxpayer-subsidized Foxconn manufacturing plant.

Foxconn said Monday that the Hammes Co., in Milwaukee, was chosen to be the lead developer for the 2,900-acre project. The company is led by Jon Hammes, who is Walker’s campaign finance chairman for his November reelection bid. Hammes was also finance chairman for Walker’s brief 2015 GOP presidential campaign.

The proposed $10 billion liquid crystal display manufacturing plant in Racine County is expected to cost taxpayers about $4.5 billion in state tax breaks, grants, worker training, highway improvements, and other giveaways.

During a 10-year period between January 2008 and December 2017, Jon Hammes and his wife, Ann, contributed about $29,700 to legislative and statewide candidates – all Republicans – including about $25,180 to Walker.