Political Payback Category Archive


  • Republicans Delaying State Budget Action Until After Fundraiser Hosted by Washington D.C. Lobbying Firm

    Legislative Republicans are delaying the start of their state budget deliberations until at least May 9.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/30/2019
  • Brian Hagedorn’s Past Pays Off … With $18,000 Campaign Contribution From Big Special Interest

    Brian Hagedorn’s work as a clerk for former Justice Michael Gableman looks like it’s paying off for his own campaign for the state Supreme Court

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/07/2019
  • NRB Approves Land Swap With Major Scott Walker Donor

    The Natural Resources Board approved a land swap with a major donor to Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday after balking last fall at the outright sale of publicly owned lakefront property....

    Wisconsin State Journal, 08/03/2018
  • Walker Donors Nailing Down More Foxconn Contracts

    One Wisconsin Now reports that more Foxconn contracts are being awarded to Walker campaign donors.

    the Political Environment, 07/31/2018
  • Foxconn’s Lead Developer Has Close Ties to Walker

    Foxconn Technology Group has selected a company led by a Republican megadonor with close ties to Gov. Scott Walker to develop the master plan for its massive campus in Wisconsin. Foxconn announced...

    WISN-TV, 05/14/2018
  • Report: Rigged Bid Delivers State Contract for Gov. 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 Now, 11/09/2017
  • Scott Walker’s Campaign Treasurer’s Firm Gets Capitol Contract After Being the Only Bidder

    This rigged deal to give a state contract to Governor Walker's campaign treasurer's business is as sleazy as it gets.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/08/2017
  • Liquor Store Owner Pumps Cash Into Campaigns

    Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, said the donations could signal GOP lawmakers will change licensing laws to help Total Wine.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/03/2016
  • Harsdorf, Olsen and Tiffany Go The Extra Mile for Big Corporate Donors, and Themselves

    Senators Sheila Harsdorf, Luther Olsen and Tom Tiffany went the extra mile not just for big money donors but also for themselves.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/19/2016
  • Harsdorf Campaign Dismisses Pay-for-play Allegations As ‘outrageous’

    One Wisconsin Now said Wisconsin Club for Growth spent attack money on Harsdorf’s recall opponent.

    River Falls Journal, 09/16/2016
  • Luther’s Law: Benefitting From $750,000 in Contributions and Voting for Legal Immunity for the Donor Is Somehow Not Pay to Play

    Sen. Luther Olsen benefitted from massive contributions from the owner of a business whose product poisoned children to a group that did his dirty work.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/15/2016
  • Would Trump University Have Gotten Less Scrutiny in Wisconsin Under Law Change Proposed by Gov. Walker After Taking $10,000 Trump Contribution?

    Donald Trump gives Scott Walker the maximum contribution for his re-election campaign, Scott Walker turns around and seeks to make oversight of the for-profit college racket more difficult.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/09/2016
  • Scott Walker: Trump Donation Was Not Accompanied by Any Trump U Conversations

    The liberal group One Wisconsin Now raised questions about the timing of that proposal in relation to the ongoing Trump University investigation and Trump's donation to Walker.

    Capital Times, 06/08/2016
  • 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
  • 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
  • Court Strikes Down Scott Walker’s Right-To-Work Law As Unconstitutional

    Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker as he was mounting his run for president, was struck down Friday as violating the state constitution…“We are confident Wisconsin’s freedom-to-work law is...

    Associated Press, 04/06/2016
  • Cruz, Walker Embrace As Wisconsin Crowd Goes Silent for Palin

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, appearing with Cruz on stage for the first time since announcing his endorsement on Tuesday, embraced the Texas senator at the GOP’s Milwaukee County Fish Fry. Cruz now...

    NBC News, 04/02/2016
  • 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
  • 5 Years After Walker’s Act 10 Union Membership Falls in Wisconsin

    In the five years since Act 10 was signed by Gov. Scott Walker, union membership in Wisconsin has plummeted. In 2015, the number of union members fell well below the national average...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/11/2016
  • 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
  • Union Membership in Wisconsin Tumbles Below National Average

    Since Walker and Republican lawmakers successfully passed measures in 2011 that rolled back the power of most public sector unions, the number of members has dropped sharply…As of February 2015, a WEAC...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/29/2016
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lawmakers Approve Bill Ending John Doe Probes of Political Crimes

    The proposal, which would reshape how cases of bribery of public officials and other political crimes are often investigated, was largely prompted by a probe into the Republican governor’s campaign and conservative...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/20/2015
  • 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
  • Spurning Wisconsin Offer, Ashley Furniture Industries Takes Jobs and Safety Issues to N.C.

    “Pay-to-play certainly comes to my mind and I know I’m not alone,” said Scot Ross, executive director of the progressive group One Wisconsin Now.

    Wisconsin Gazette, 10/17/2015
  • 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
  • Walker Allowed Municipal Employers to Undermine Collective Bargaining agreements

    Walker signed into a law a bill that allows any municipal employer to enter into a memorandum of understanding to reduce the cost of compensation or fringe benefits, without modifying an existing...

    2011 WI Act 65, 11/09/2011
  • Stripped Public Workers of Collective Bargaining Rights

    Walker signed a bill that stripped all public workers, except police and firefighters, of their collective bargaining rights. The bill no longer allows teachers, nurses, snow plow drivers and other public employees...

    2011 WI Act 10, 06/28/2011
  • Donation Questioned by Group

    But Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, said in a statement that “once again, Wisconsin taxpayers are footing Gov. Walker’s handouts to special interest campaign contributors.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/04/2011
  • County Pension Boss Fired After Harassment Inquiry; He Says He Was Ousted for Opposing Walker, Alleging Improprieties

    “The Milwaukee County retirement manager challenging County Executive Scott Walker for re-election has been fired as a result of a harassment investigation, officials said Wednesday. Jack Hohrein, who led the county’s pension...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/06/2007
  • Labor Opposition to Walker Longstanding; Endorsed Opponent in ‘02 County Executive Race

    The Milwaukee County Labor Council voted Wednesday night to endorse Milwaukee Ald. Thomas Nardelli in the Milwaukee County executive’s race. The council, affiliated with the AFL-CIO, includes about 150 unions with about...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/07/2002
  • Walker and RPW Lobbied Milwaukee County DA for Charges Against Democratic Volunteer in 2000 Election

    State GOP leaders are urging Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann to charge a Democratic Party volunteer with election bribery for allegedly giving cigarettes to homeless people in exchange for their...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/16/2001
  • Walker Sponsored Bill to Require Union Members to Annually Authorize in Writing Use of Dues to Fund Political Committees

    The bill prohibited “any employer or other person who is responsible for the disbursement of moneys in payment of wages or salaries from withholding any portion of an employe’s wages or salary...

    1997 AB 624, 01/01/1997