wisconsin capitol
Press Release
March 10, 2011
Media Contact
Mike Browne, Deputy Director
(608) 444-3483
One Wisconsin Now

Over Two Weeks Later, Walker Has Not Released Administration-Koch Lobbyist Communication Emails

One Wisconsin Now Considering 'Any, All Legal Remedies'

MADISON, Wis. — Over two weeks after One Wisconsin Now filed an open records request for all email and written communications between Koch Industries’ lead Wisconsin lobbyist and the office of Gov. Scott Walker and the Department of Administration, the Walker administration has yet to fulfill the request. One Wisconsin Now said it is considering legal action and notes the unusual speed at which Gov. Walker’s office released staff email communications this week it claimed were proof of the administration’s willingness to negotiate with Senate Democrats in the budget repair bill dispute.

“Gov. Scott Walker needs to learn there isn’t one set of open records laws for emails you want to release and another set of open records laws for emails you don’t want to release,” said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. “Suing Gov. Walker to obtain these records is not what we want to do, but we are more than willing to take him to court if he refuses to promptly fulfill our reasonable and legal request.”

One Wisconsin Now would be the third organization in the last week to sue the Governor’s office over its open records request obstructionism. Both the Associated Press and the Madison-based Isthmus filed suit over the Walker administration’s attempt failure to fulfill an open records request asking for emails the Governor claimed he had received in support of his plan to use the government to take away the rights of working families by ending collective bargaining rights of public employees. Walker attempted to charge the media outlets $31,000 for the request.

Over a week ago, Walker’s office acknowledged it had received One Wisconsin Now’s open records request, which was sent electronically February 24. In the request One Wisconsin Now asked for written and email communications between Jeffrey Schoepke, Koch Industries’ lead Wisconsin-based lobbyist, and the Governor’s office and the office of the Secretary of the Department of Administration.

Koch Industries’ billionaire owners Charles and David Koch are the driving financial force behind Americans for Prosperity, the organization running hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars in television ads to support Gov. Walker’s effort to use the government to take away the right of 175,000 Wisconsin workers. Gov. Walker has also included in his scheme a plan to allow private companies, like Koch Industries, to purchase the state’s public power plants – in a possible no-bid scheme.

KochPAC gave Gov. Walker’s gubernatorial campaign $43,000 and David Koch personally donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, which spent $5 million to elect Gov. Walker. [Center on Media and Democracy, 2/18/11; Republican Governors Association Press Release]

Americans for Prosperity, which spent $70 million in 2009 and 2010 to advance Koch’s anti-working family agenda was founded through the donations of the brothers’ Koch Foundation.

# # #

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

us capitol building
Press Release

Gov. Scott Walker Joins ‘If It’s True’ Crowd

Meanwhile in an interview broadcast on Sunday, Gov. Scott Walker, joined those offering aid and comfort to Moore by falling back on the “if it’s true” refrain.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/13/2017
scott walker in a hole
Press Release

One Wisconsin Now Statements on Gov. Scott Walker Signing Foxconn Contract

Scott Walker literally signed away our future, agreeing to a contract to send billions of our tax dollars to boost the bottom line of a foreign corporation.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/10/2017
ron johnson
Press Release

Ron Johnson’s Failure to Confront Sexual Abuse of Women & Children Continues

Ron Johnson Offers Only Qualified Condemnation of Sourced Reporting of Abuse of Teens, Minor Women by GOP U.S. Senate Candidate Roy Moore
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/10/2017
wisconsin over money
Press Release

Rigged Bid Delivers Contract for Scott Walker’s Campaign Treasurer

A consulting firm owned by Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign treasurer Kate Lind received a state contract for services, after being the only one to bid on it.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/09/2017
scot ross tv still
In the News

Bill would lower drinking age in Wisconsin to 19

Scot Ross, who leads the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, says the bill sends the wrong message about the state's drinking culture.
WKOW-TV
11/09/2017
university of wisconsin bascom hall
Press Release

UW Students Blast Regents Policy Threatening Free Speech on Campuses

UW students and free speech advocates are organizing to fight back against new restrictions on speech being imposed system wide by the Board of Regents
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Institute
11/08/2017
signing contract
Press Release

Before Ink Dry on Contract, Scott Walker Running from Foxconn Deal

Scott Walker Can Run From Deal, But Voters Won’t Let Him Hide From His Giveaway to Foreign Corporation
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/08/2017
Student Loan Debt Graduation Cap and Money
Press Release

Americans Over Age 60 Fastest Growing Demographic for Student Loan Debt

A study from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finds that borrowers over age 60 is the age demographic in which debt is growing the fastest.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/07/2017