Cronyism Category Archive


  • Scott Walker Wants to Add 485 Positions in Management ‘category’ to State Administration Department?

    In sounding alarms about Walker’s budget, Vinehout says the governor is proposing to add 485 positions “in the category of supervisor and management” to his Department of Administration. Vinehout is correct on...

    PolitiFact, 03/01/2017
  • As Scott Walker Reaches 50 Listening Sessions, Critics Continue to Question Invite-only Policy

    "Gov. Walker is tooling around the state on our dime hearing from an exclusive audience recruited to tell him what he wants to hear," said One Wisconsin Now.

    Capital Times, 07/15/2016
  • Walker Releases Names of Potential Prosser Replacements

    More than half of the applicants vying to replace retiring Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser already owe their jobs to Gov. Scott Walker – and now he could tap one of...

    WISN-TV, 05/20/2016
  • Scott Walker’s HR Agency Slammed Civil Service Changes in Private Memo

    The personnel agency in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration privately blasted changes to the state’s civil service days after they were proposed, telling his office the overhaul would slow hiring, turn away qualified...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/02/2016
  • Walker Picks Campaign Donor for University of Wisconsin Board of Regents

    A Milwaukee lawyer just named to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents by Gov. Scott Walker has been a frequent contributor to his campaign fund, donating $9,639.68 since 2010. Tracey...

    Capital Times, 02/20/2016
  • Walker Appointees at Department of Natural Resources Considered Disciplining Employee for Releasing Public Records

    Political appointees of the Department of Natural Resources discussed disciplining an employee after she provided public records to a Sheboygan County citizens group fighting plans by the Kohler Co. for a golf...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/13/2016
  • Walker Signs Overhaul of State Civil Service law

    Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation Friday overhauling the state’s century-old system of merit hiring and firing, gaining the first legislative priority he set after calling off his presidential bid last year. Inking...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/12/2016
  • Worker Used As an Example of Problems Not a Civil Servant

    One of the state employees that Gov. Scott Walker and some lawmakers used to argue for broad changes to the state’s civil service system was never a civil servant, a Milwaukee Journal...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/14/2015
  • State’s Handling of Workers Caught in Workplace Sex Doesn’t Match Scott Walker’s Account

    In making his case to Republican lawmakers this fall that the state’s civil service system needed to be overhauled, Gov. Scott Walker cited the case of two state workers who he said...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/05/2015
  • State Assembly Fall Forecast: Mostly Corrupt

    With the removal of anti-corruption protections for state workers and in state law on the legislative fast track, the fall forecast is “mostly corrupt.”

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/15/2015
  • Gov. Walker Spreads His Cronyism to State Supreme Court With Appointment of Rebecca Bradley

    Putting cronyism before qualifications, Gov. Scott Walker announced he has appointed Rebecca Bradley to the open seat on the Wisconsin State Supreme Court.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/09/2015
  • One Wisconsin Now: Walker & Cronies Attack Civil Service System

    One Wisconsin Now’s Scot Ross says cronyism, corruption and incompetence have been the hallmarks of Walker’s administration and now its moving to gut the state’

    Workers Independent News, 09/27/2015
  • Scott Walker: Back in the Saddle, Back to His Old ALEC Tricks

    We have gotten a preview of what happens in Wisconsin when Gov. Walker and his gang strip civil service protections away, and it has been a disaster.

    PRWatch, 09/26/2015
  • Back in Wisconsin, Scott Walker’s Latest Cause Is Civil Service Overhaul

    People need look no further than the embattled Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to find out what happens when civil service protections are removed.

    Capital Times, 09/26/2015
  • With Scott Walker Back to Work in Wisconsin, Focus Returns to What’s Next for State

    Scot Ross said appointing Bradley to the seat would allow her political ads next spring to refer to her as “Justice Bradley,” and that would be “unseemly.”

    Wisconsin State Journal, 09/23/2015
  • Rearranging the Deck Chairs Won’t Save Gov. Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

    The centerpiece of Scott Walker’s economic agenda has been a prime example of his administration’s cronyism, corruption and incompetence. Now it's looking for yet another new head.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/27/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Ethics

    Scott Walker's political philosophy can be summed up in three easy steps: (1) Reward my donors, (2) Increase my power, and (3) Punish my enemies.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/10/2015
  • Walker Aides Pushed for Questionable WEDC Loan for Donor Who Had Maxed Out to Walker

    Gov. Scott Walker’s top aides and a powerful lobbyist pressed for a taxpayer-funded loan in 2011 to a financially struggling Milwaukee construction company that lost the state half a million dollars, created...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/18/2015
  • GOP Trying to Cover Their Tracks, Limit Disclosure on Sources of Big Campaign Donations

    State legislative Republicans are circulating a proposal to hide even more information on the sources of their campaign cash.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/27/2015
  • Report: John Menard Gave $1.5 Million to Conservative Group Tied to Scott Walker

    Is Walker going to get away with telling people that he has nothing to do with the allocation of WEDC dollars?

    Associated Press, 03/25/2015
  • John Menard Jr. Donated $1.5 Million to Pro-Walker Groups, Received Money From Walker’s WEDC

    He wrote more than $1.5 million in checks to a pro-Walker political advocacy group that pledged to keep its donors secret, three sources directly familiar with the transactions told Yahoo News. Menard’s...

    Yahoo News, 03/23/2015
  • Not-So-Sweet Sixteen Highlights the Lowlights of Gov. Scott Walker’s Deceit, Cronyism, Corruption and Incompetence

    We've unveiled our own “sweet sixteen”, highlighting the not so sweet deceit, cronyism and corruption and incompetence of Gov. Scott Walker’s tenure.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/20/2015
  • Will Senate GOP Rubber-Stamp Appointment of Gov. Walker Political Crony?

    The treasurer of the political group formed by Walker to employ his presidential campaign staff in waiting is before the Wisconsin State Senate today for a confirmation vote.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/17/2015
  • Gov. Walker Appoints Industry Insiders, Special Interest Lobbyists and Political Cronies to Top State Jobs

    With his appointments today of industry insiders, lobbyists and political cronies to top state posts he can be sure the special interests will continue to get the preferential treatment they’ve come to expect.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/16/2015
  • State Has Selected Developer for Massive Hill Farms Project

    One Wisconsin Now previously accused the Walker administration of steering contracts to campaign contributors. One of the finalists is a company owned by prominent Dane County developer and Walker donor Terrence Wall....

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/15/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Corruption Problem

    New documents released show that Walker helped his longtime campaign treasurer get inside information for a bid to lease office space to the county. Ross, who describes Walker’s administration as “arguably one of the...

    The Progressive, 10/23/2014
  • #TBT 2006-2010: The Stunning Hypocrisy of Scott Walker

    Running for office on a platform of transparency in contracting while working surreptitiously to manipulate a contract for the benefit of a political crony is at the top of the list.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/23/2014
  • Mary Burke, Others Question Ethics of Information Given to Scott Walker Campaign Treasurer

    One Wisconsin Now called for Archer and Villa to resign from their posts, calling their exchanges with Hiller a “massive violation of the public trust.”

    Capital Times, 10/23/2014
  • One Wisconsin Now Calls for Central Figures in Attempted Milwaukee County Bid Scheme to Resign State Positions

    New documents reveal how individuals participated in providing inside info to try to help a political crony of then-County Executive, and now Walker win a lucrative publicly-funded contract.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/22/2014
  • Top Walker Aide Worked to Help Walker Campaign Treasurer on County Office Space Deal

    The new emails do shed light on the part of the John Doe investigation focused on competition to house the county’s Department on Aging in private office space. Cynthia Archer, who was...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/21/2014
  • Walker Names His Attorney’s Brother to Judgeship

    Gov. Scott Walker has appointed a controversial former prosecutor — and brother of his campaign attorney — to the Outagamie Circuit Court. Late Friday, Walker named former Outagamie County District Attorney Vince...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/20/2014
  • Executive Behind Voter Fraud Billboards Sought Scott Walker Advice

    A venture fund manager consulted with then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker about state and federal voting laws in 2010, just weeks before the businessman began posting controversial ads on billboards in Milwaukee...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/11/2014
  • Gov. Walker Can’t Dispute Facts of One Wisconsin Now WEDC Report

    The increasingly desperate campaign of Gov. Scott Walker hastily convened a press conference yesterday to dispute the undeniable facts that his policies and administration have been an utter failure on job creation.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/22/2014
  • Latest Finance Report Shows Walker Took Another $167,000 From Businesses That Got WEDC Funds

    A review of Gov. Scott Walker’s most recent campaign finance report reveals he continues to reap a windfall of campaign donations, nearly $167,000 in just the last six months, from individuals associated with state businesses getting tax breaks, loans and grants through his WEDC.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/28/2014
  • Nearly 60% of WEDC Funds Have Gone to Walker, GOP Donors

    A liberal advocacy group reports that nearly 60 percent of the financial assistance money awarded by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has gone to businesses whose owners or employees have donated...

    WKOW-TV, 06/14/2014
  • Reported Central Figure in Scott Walker Administration “John Doe” Criminal Investigation Snags Newly Created State Job at $178,000 Annual Salary

    MADISON, Wis. — Longtime Gov. Walker close confidant, lobbyist and former staffer, Jim Villa, has reportedly been named to a newly created state job that will pay him $178,000 a year. Gov. Walker...

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/02/2014
  • United Sportsmen Seeks Exemption From Penalty for Faulty Tax Filings

    Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, said United Sportsmen’s sole source of funding appeared to be a conservative political group and that its main spending went to...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/17/2014
  • #WalkerAt20: Friends’ Felonious Failures

    MADISON, Wis. — In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/26/2013
  • Tim Russell Pleads Guilty

    Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, said this investigation may have significant political implications in regards to Walker running for reelection in 2014. Ross also believes the investigation could go...

    Badger Herald, 12/02/2012
  • Walker Aide Pleads Guilty Today. Set Up Secret County E-Mail System Used by Previously Sentenced Brett Davis Campaign Fundraiser.

    MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross renewed a call made earlier this week for Gov. Walker to demand the resignation of top administration aide Brett Davis for his...

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/28/2012
  • State Medicaid Director Brett Davis Must Go for Role in Illegal Campaigning on Public Dime

    MADISON, Wis. — On the heels of Kelly Rindfleisch’s guilty plea to a felony misconduct in office charge, and a jail sentence for campaign fundraising work she did while a top aide...

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/25/2012
  • Venture Capitalist Einhorn Behind ‘voter Fraud’ Billboards

    Billboards warning communities of color in Ohio and Wisconsin that voter fraud can lead to jail time were put up by a group led by a Milwaukee-based venture capitalist and donor to...

    MSNBC, 10/30/2012
  • Venture Capitalist Einhorn Paid for Voter Fraud Billboards

    Stephen Einhorn – a Wisconsin venture capital fund manager and major GOP donor – acknowledged Monday that he and his wife Nancy paid for dozens of anonymous billboards in and around Milwaukee...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/29/2012
  • One Wisconsin Now Calls for End to Walker’s ‘Gravy Train’ for Michael, Best & Friedrich

    MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now today called on Gov. Scott Walker to halt the taxpayer-funded gravy train for the politically connected law firm, Michael, Best & Friedrich, and stop using public...

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/17/2012
  • Cognitive Dissidence: Following Russell’s Revelations Down The Rabbit Hole

    Tim Russell’s defense attorney, Dennis Krueger, had filed two motions, one to dismiss the case outright, and failing that, to suppress the evidence against his client. The Honorable David Hansher found the...

    Cognitive Dissidence, 07/12/2012
  • John Doe Probe Update: Former Walker Employee Postpones Arraignment

    The former aide to Gov. Scott Walker received a new judge Thursday, postponing a scheduled arraignment; the latest turn of events in an investigation into Walker’s former employees. Tim Russell, a former Milwaukee County employee...

    Badger Herald, 02/15/2012
  • 3 Wisconsin Veterans Board Members Have Resigned in Protest

    A third veteran has resigned from a state board in response to Gov. Scott Walker’s moves to gain greater control of the Department of Veterans Affairs, including his decision to appoint John...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/18/2012
  • Walker Hired Insurance Company Attorney and Lobbyist to Be DHS Legal counsel

    Mary Spear has joined us today as the new Chief Legal Counsel for the Department of Health Services. Mary has many years of experience as an attorney in both private practice and...

    Email from Dennis G. Smith to DHS Employees, 01/17/2012