I nearly choked on my cereal one morning a couple of weeks ago while listening to the news. Governor Walker was being interviewed regarding the recall, and he was bemoaning the amount of “outside money” being brought in by the unions to “beat him” in the election. This “outside money” would apparently tip the scales of the election in an unfair and un-democratic manner. Imagine my surprise today, then, when it becomes known that the governor has raised more money than ever seen in Wisconsin politics. The current $13 million dollars raised to defend his seat adds up to a grand total of $25 million dollars. Trust me when I tell you that he is not done.
The list of contributors is long, and there are some very interesting names on it. Here is where I am calling out the hypocrisy. Outside money is outside money. These people do not live in Wisconsin, or work here, or have businesses here. Outside money? Let’s see:
That is just the beginning of the list. It goes on and on.
While I am one to admit that unions and other groups may have great funding, the actual fact is that the Democratic movement is more about feet on the ground than the airing of dirty laundry on television. It is this huge amount of money that could have been spent on doing something positive, helping people, this is the most galling. Let’s work harder to get the money out of our vote!
- Wisconsin: A Case Study In The Politics Of How Not To Create Jobs (themoderatevoice.com)
- Wisconsin governor raises $13 million in recall (heraldonline.com)