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Press Release
January 23, 2012

Over 61 Percent of Walker’s Individual Money in Latest Reports From Out-of-State Donors

Walker's Four Top Donors All Gave $250,000, All From Outside of Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — The unprecedented out-of-state cash grab by Gov. Scott Walker continued at an alarming rate with Walker’s latest reports showing he has amassed 61 percent of the $4.1 million in individual contributions raised since December 11 from outside of Wisconsin. Walker’s four top donors, each giving $250,000, were also from out of state, including another $250,000 from Texas tycoon and “Swift Boat” sleazy ad financier Bob Perry.

“Gov. Scott Walker is traveling across America selling out Wisconsin to the highest bidder,” said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. “Four donors from outside of Wisconsin gave Scott Walker a total of $1 million and 61 percent of his individual contributions since mid-December came from outside of Wisconsin.”

According to an analysis by One Wisconsin Now, Walker raised $2.5 million from individuals outside of Wisconsin and $1.6 million from individuals in Wisconsin. Walker raised $750,000 from three executives in Missouri alone. In Walker’s previous report, One Wisconsin Now showed Walker took half of his $5 million in contributions from outside of Wisconsin. Walker raised another $384,000 from PACs and other contributions.

Walker’s four largest donors in the latest report include:

  • $250,000: Bob Perry, TX (also the financier of the so-called Swift Boat ads. Perry has now given Walker $500,000 in two contributions)
  • $250,000: David C. Humphreys, MO, Tamko Building Products (Residential and Commercial Roofing Products)
  • $250,000: Sarah Atkins, MO, Tamko Building Products (Residential and Commercial Roofing Products)
  • $250,000: Stanley M. Herzog, MO, Herzog Contracting (Highway and Railroad)

Walker also has three contributions of $100,000; four contributions of $50,000 and dozens of contributions above the normal campaign limit of $10,000. Walker is allowed to raise unlimited money under the law to offset costs associated with his recall defense, but Walker sued to force taxpayers to finance the review of the more than 1 million recall signatures collected against him despite his unprecedented use of the unlimited fundraising limits.

“No wonder Walker doesn’t have time to try and stop the six straight months of job loss,” said Ross. “Traveling across the country to raise money is his day job, being Governor is just his hobby at this point.”

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One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

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