Political Favors Category Archive


  • 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
  • Polluter Penalties Drop 78%

    Financial penalties for violations of Wisconsin environmental laws fell sharply in 2015 to their lowest level in at least a decade. Data released by a conservation organization show forfeitures paid by individuals...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/19/2016
  • 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
  • Prosecutors: Walker Campaign, Group ‘one and the Same’

    Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and a supposedly independent conservative group were “one and the same,” prosecutors told the U.S. Supreme Court in a filing this week seeking to reopen a probe of...

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 04/29/2016
  • Walker Signs Bills Rolling Back Protections for State Water Supply, Waterways

    The governor signed a bill allowing farmers, food processors, frac sand mine operators and other operators of high-capacity wells to replace them without a state review of how the wells are affecting...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/01/2016
  • Walker Act 10 Reduces Union Membership, Power

    Mr. Walker led a push five years ago to cut collective bargaining rights for most public sector workers, saying he needed to solve a state budget gap. Since then, union membership has...

    New York Times, 02/27/2016
  • 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 Halts State Work on Clean Power Plan

    Citing last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday ordered state agencies not to do any work to prepare for federal climate change regulations that would...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/15/2016
  • 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
  • Major Walker Donor Seeks Special Treatment From State Environmental Protection Agency

    Business executive Richard E. Uihlein has continued to press his case to move a massive floating bog away from his property on the Chippewa Flowage in a meeting involving state, federal and...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/05/2016
  • On the Capitol: Conservative Group Makes 6 Figure Ad Buy for Supreme Court Race

    Walker formed a nonprofit political organization called Our American Revival that raised $6.21 million in the first half of the year. His political advisers also launched their own Super PAC, Unintimidated PAC,...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/31/2016
  • Walker Signs Split of State’s GAB | Campaign Finance Measure Also Approved

    Gov. Scott Walker privately signed a measure Wednesday loosening the state’s campaign finance laws and eliminating the state elections and ethics agency that investigated his campaign for teaming up with conservative groups.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/16/2015
  • 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
  • Ex-DNR Officials Complain About Enforcement Under Walker

    The DNR has come under fire from Democrats and environmentalists under Gov. Scott Walker. Officials have said they are enforcing regulations but also trying to reduce unnecessary costs and red tape by...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/07/2015
  • 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
  • Failure at the Faucet: Safe, Clean Drinking Water Eludes Many Wisconsinite

    In 2011, the EPA identified 75 failings in the DNR’s enforcement of the state’s wastewater pollution permit program. Last month, after the residents’ petition was filed, the state agency announced it is...

    Capital Times, 11/08/2015
  • GOP Lawmakers Reverse Course, Balk at Campaign Donor Reporting

    GOP state senators reversed course early Saturday and voted to let people make political donations without disclosing their employers as part of a broad overhaul of campaign finance laws.Earlier this week, Republicans...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/07/2015
  • Lawmakers Inch Closer to Overhauling Civil Service System

    On the civil service bill, both sides in the GOP dispute are holding firm, meaning that the proposal is unlikely to pass the Senate until early next year. The bill would overhaul...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/27/2015
  • Lapdogs’ and ‘la-la Land’: Wisconsin Assembly Debates Campaign Finance Laws, GAB Overhaul

    A spokeswoman for Gov. Scott Walker said he supports overall reform of the GAB, and he “looks forward to working with lawmakers on a replacement for the GAB that is fair, transparent,...

    Capital Times, 10/21/2015
  • Group Asks EPA to Step Up Oversight of State DNR

    In a teleconference, the group said that budget cutting, retirements and actions by the Legislature have effectively curbed the power of the DNR. The EPA said it is monitoring the efforts of...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/20/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Politics

    Gov. Scott Walker is a masterful career politician, willing to do or say anything to get elected, and carefully cultivates relationships with key players.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/09/2015
  • Unions, Liberal Groups Suggest ALEC Connection to Wis. Right-to-work Bill

    While union leaders focused their criticisms on ALEC, the liberal group One Wisconsin Now tied the right-to-work push to the conservative Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation.

    Capital Times, 02/24/2015
  • Following the Money Behind ‘right-to-work’

    The watchdog group One Wisconsin Now released research on the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation, headed by Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign co-chair.

    Wisconsin Gazette, 02/24/2015
  • Under Gov. Walker Those Who Give, Get: Hill Farms Edition

    In the weeks before the November 4 election, the Walker administration attempted to quietly solicit bids to redevelop the Hills Farms state office complex in Madison.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/18/2014
  • State Government The Wisconsin GOP Way: Those Who Give, Get and Those That Don’t, Don’t

    Assembly GOP Speaker Robin Vos and Gov. Scott Walker called for a dramatically expanded private school voucher program in Wisconsin, financed with public tax dollars.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/17/2014
  • Lt. Gov. Kleefisch Hosts Schimel Fundraiser After DA Refused to Investigate Husband’s ‘Pay-to-Play’ Allegations

    Months after refusing to investigate Rep. Joel Kleefisch, Brad Schimel will benefit from a fundraiser hosted today by the Lieutenant Governor at the Tory Lake Club in Oconomowoc.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/02/2014
  • Two Weeks After Gov. Walker’s WEDC Approves Ashley $6 Million Tax Break, Ashley Owners Gave Walker $20,000

    The timing of $20,000 in contributions to Gov. Walker made on the same day just two weeks after a $6 million taxpayer-funded tax break was approved for the company by WEDC should raise serious questions.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/25/2014
  • Gov. Walker Set to Travel to Nebraska to Campaign For a ‘Friend’

    MADISON, Wis. — Media reports from Omaha, Nebraska say Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be traveling there on January 27th to campaign on behalf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts. Ricketts is...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/16/2014
  • United Sportsmen Official Offered Free Two-Day Fishing Excursion to Author of Sweetheart Deal

    MADISON, Wis. — The author of a sweetheart deal worth potentially millions of dollars for a politically-connected organization was offered a free, two-day Lake Michigan fishing excursion by the lobbyist and Executive...

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/29/2013
  • Walker Claims Ignorance On Sweetheart Deal for Group That Endorsed Him

    MADISON, Wis. — As part of his 2013-15 state budget Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a provision directing a $500,000 taxpayer funded grant to United Sportsmen of Wisconsin, a group that endorsed...

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/18/2013
  • Top GOP Legislator on Gov. Walker’s Sleazy United Sportsmen Deal: ‘The Process Has Worked’

    MADISON, Wis. — Almost daily new revelations have raised serious questions about the propriety and legality of Gov. Walker and Republican legislators inclusion of a sweetheart deal in the state budget that would...

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/17/2013
  • New Developments In United Sportsmen Scandal Greet Gov. Walker Upon Return to Wisconsin From Latest Political Junket

    One Wisconsin Now called on Walker to answer questions about the sweetheart deal to send state tax dollars to a partisan political front group that endorsed him in his recall election.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/16/2013
  • Scandal Surrounding Gov. Walker’s Attempt to Reward Political Allies Deepens

    Breaking news reports today reveal that the group in question may in fact be a for-profit corporation that received at least $235,000 in income in 2011, courtesy of the right-wing Citizens for a Strong America.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/09/2013
  • Gov. Walker on Line One: Wisconsin Gov. Phones Home From Political Junket in Washington State to Cancel Sleazy Deal

    MADISON, Wis. — A $500,000 taxpayer funded state grant to United Sportsmen of Wisconsin has generated increasing controversy over the last several weeks as serious questions were raised about how the grant process...

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/05/2013
  • Could State Grant to GOP ‘Outdoor’ Group Be Used to Help Boost Republican Political Campaigns?

    Could a state grant slipped into the budget by the former Assembly Majority Leader, signed into law by Gov. Walker and rushed through the approval process by the Walker administration be used to help support partisan political activity?

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/04/2013
  • Questions for Gov. Walker and Assembly Majority Leader Mount As Committee Approves Grant for Politically Connected Special Interest Group

    Despite mounting questions and growing evidence that top Republican leaders went to great lengths to ensure a taxpayer funded grant went to a politically connected special interest group, the grant was approved on Thursday.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/29/2013
  • Barrett: Walker Is Abandoning Republican Notion of Local Control

    Mayor Tom Barrett says Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to end residency rules statewide for all units of local government means he is abandoning an ideal Republicans have long subscribed to: local control....

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/21/2013
  • Wisconsin Citizens Shut Out While Out-Of-State Mining Company Helps Draft Bill to Develop Massive Open Pit Mine

    MADISON, Wis. — Legislation being fast-tracked by Gov. Walker and the Republican controlled state legislature to roll back environmental standards for a massive open pit mine in Northern Wisconsin was, according to...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/28/2013
  • Walker Gave County Custodial Contract to Campaign Donor

    “Edward Aprahamian, the owner of a West Allis janitorial firm, inherits the job of cleaning the Milwaukee County courthouse complex and other buildings as the county privatizes its custodial staff. …The county...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/14/2009
  • Walker Voted to Shield Gun Industry From Lawsuits

    The bill would have granted, “firearm importers, manufacturers, dealers and trade associations immunity from civil liability in any action brought by an individual or group for an injury or death caused by...

    1999 AB 246, 02/08/2000
  • Walker Received Campaign Contribution From Private Prison Industry Executive Whose Company Did Business With State … Expresses Surprise It Took So Long

    “Quite frankly, I was surprised that if he was going to give, he hadn’t given earlier. I’ve been a private-prison advocate for some time.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/18/1999
  • Walker Authored Bill to Allow Private Prison Construction in Wisconsin and House Prisoners From Other States

    The bill, “establishes the conditions under which a private person may construct and operate a prison in this state for the confinement of inmates from other states.”

    1999 AB 519, 01/01/1999
  • Walker Sponsored Bill to Protect Manufacturers From Liability for Defective Products

    The bill “establishes the criteria to determine if a product manufacturer, distributor or seller is liable to a person injured by the manufactured product” and “specifies when a manufactured product is defective.”

    1999 AB 884, 01/01/1999
  • Walker Proposed $50 Million in State Borrowing to Build “SuperMax” Prison

    Walker’s bill increased “the general obligation bonding authority for the prison expansion project by $50,000,000, from $25,000,000 to $75,000,000.

    1995 AB 1018, 01/01/1995