May 3, 2012

Wisconsin Recall Election A Preview Of 2012 Big Money To Come

Scott Walker
Wis. Gov. Scott Walker has raised a record amount of money for his recall election fight. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) is facing a recall election after he pushed through legislation last year that limited public workers’ bargaining rights. And now a special Wisconsin state law that allows recall targets to raise unlimited amounts of money in the early days of the campaign has helped Walker raise an unprecedented amount of money.

The Associated Press reports:

Walker set the record for a state office with $12.1 million raised last year. Campaign finance records filed Monday show he has already easily surpassed that this year, raising $13.1 million between Jan. 18 and last week. He spent nearly $11 million and had almost $4.9 million in the bank.

Walker is beloved by rich conservatives — as the AP writes his “fan list reads like a who’s who of some of the richest people in America” including casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, Richard DeVos, owner of the Orlando Magic NBA team, and the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.

If wealthy big donors have sided with Walker, unions have been mustering efforts to get Walker. The Walker vote has been “billed as a critical test of labor muscle versus corporate money,” write Jim Rutenberg and Steven Greenhouse at the New York Times. “But it is only a warm-up for a confrontation that will play out during the presidential election…:”

The same national groups flooding the streets and the airwaves in Wisconsin — the Koch-supported group Americans for Prosperity on the right, the A.F.L.-C.I.O., teachers unions and the United Steelworkers on the left — are emerging as important outside supporters of President Obama and Mitt Romney, each side empowered by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

That ruling is not only giving wealthy donors like the Kochs greater options for pouring tens of millions of dollars into the presidential election. It is also giving unions — many of them representing workers in some of the major donors’ own factories — the ability for the first time ever to spend money from union treasuries for campaigning among nonunion voters.

Unlike in the presidential election, not one of Walker’s opponents has come close to raising the millions he’s made off his ties to corporate donors.

  • Avaritia

    I certainly hope that the people of Wisconsin are smart enough to vote this crook’s filthy ass out of office. If the last election in which they recalled and re-elected the same crooks is any indication, it will be one disappointing and tragic feat indeed. My best to them and hoping that they get their common sense back before it’s too late. Time to put Dicktator Walker where he belongs: in the dustbin of history along with the thieves, crooks and liars of his ilk.

  • asshole croks

  • Cyber597

    If I recall correctly, democrats were overwhelmingly defeated in the 2010 election which included federal and state government. It was termed “A Shellacking” by President Obama. In fact, President Obama had the widsom to foretell the results of giving so much power to these GOP thugs. Perhaps, we needed this shellacking. The middle class is on it’s way out of the American dream along with its safety net. Why? Well, I dare say the reason is our uninformed voting public who think they can switch parties at will at the voting booth. It doesn’t work. Make a committment and stop flip flopping. It’s not hard to do…especially if you are middle class or working class…republicans do not represent your interest. Wisconsin voters are paying for the mistakes they made in 2010. Hopefully, they will learn from their mistakes and Scot Walker will be defeated in the recall election. If not, God help us all. The only jobs the republican thugs will create are those to protect and serve their own interest and money at home and abroad.

  • CatKinNY

    Time to send junior college dropout Scotty Walker back to the important work he did in the private sector – selling extended warranties at Best Buy. Go Badgers! A nation turns it’s frightened eyes to you.

  • Get him out of office!