the Scott Walker Failure Files

the Scott Walker Failure Files

An Archive of Gov. Scott Walker's Cronyism, Corruption and Incompetence


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We tracked former governor Scott Walker as he executed his political doctrine to enrich his friends, punish his enemies, and advance his political career. Join our email list to stay updated on this project and other issues facing our state.

In The News

Scot Ross joined Joy Reid to discuss Wisconsin's 2018 gubernatorial race where public education advocate Tony Evers faces Scott Walker.

Wisconsin voter ID law challenged
In The News

The Wisconsin primary will be the first big test of the state's controversial voter ID law. Scot Ross, Executive Director of Wisconsin Now, joins Al Sharpton to discuss.

20 dollar bill cash money

The Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation is among the largest funders of the right-wing propaganda machine in the country. Their influence in Wisconsin cannot be underestimated.

One Wisconsin Institute
wisconsin state capitol building at night

Time has proven WEDC to be an abject failure at job creation, and, some argue, a symbol of the cronyism, corruption, and incompetence of the Scott Walker administration.

One Wisconsin Institute
university of wisconsin bascom hall

Declining financial support for higher education has shifted costs onto consumers, increased student loan debt and decreased the affordability of higher ed.

One Wisconsin Institute
scot ross on msnbc to talk scott walker's right-to-work
In The News

John Simons of the International Business Times, Forbes contributor Carrie Sheffield, and One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross discuss Walker's positions on economic issues.

In The News

John Simons of the International Business Times, Forbes contributor Carrie Sheffield, and One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross discuss Walker's positions on economic issues.

i am a student loan voter over image of graduation cap and one hundred dollar bills

We need to get serious about real, common sense reforms to student loan debt before the crisis becomes a full-blown economic catastrophe.

One Wisconsin Institute
In The News

Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests examine union and pension battles for potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates Scott Walker and Chris Christie.

In The News

Between the state capitol and the University... a half dozen people work long days to do everything they can to make sure Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is never elected president.

In The News

Bill Clinton joins the fray in the tight race for governor in Wisconsin, as incumbent Scott Walker and contender Mary Burke face off. NBC’s Chris Todd and Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now Scot Ross explain why the stakes are high.

In The News

One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said there is one simple question Gov. Walker must answer as his 2014 and beyond campaigns heats up: "Are you still doing it?"

In The News

Mike Browne, Deputy Director of One Wisconsin Now and the Institute sat down with Al Jazeera to discuss Gov. Scott Walker’s and the GOP’s attacks on the right to vote in Wisconsin.

Al Jazeera
In The News

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is in a close race with his Democratic challenger Mary Burke. Yet his primary concern seems to be on voter ID requirements in the state. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross joins the Melissa Harris-Perry panel to discuss why.

In The News

Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, joins The Reid Report to discuss efforts in Wisconsin by Republicans to put a stop to early voting.

In The News

Governor Walker has access to an ungodly amount of money. His campaign co-chair runs the $500 million right wing funding Bradley foundation. His largest donor is the wealthiest woman in Wisconsin.

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This report exposes the web of right-wing funders advancing a radical school privatization agenda through the use of Wisconsin-based front groups, with special focus on the Bradley Foundation, headed by Scott Walker's campaign co-chair Michael Grebe.

One Wisconsin Institute
In The News

Scot Ross, Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner, and Judith Browne Dianis join Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss the continued need for the fight for voting rights, especially after seeing legislation pass.

american flag in field

Voting is not only our right; it is our duty. It is how we have a say in the direction of our community, our state and our country. Voting is the one time everyone is equal. Young or old, rich or poor, on Election Day everyone gets the same say.

One Wisconsin Institute
In The News

Thanks to reporting done by The Grio's Joy Reid and the advocacy organization One Wisconsin Now, Melissa Harris-Perry is able to name names for 'This Week In Voter Suppression” in exposing the foundation behind billboards that splashed false information on voter fraud.

voter suppression billboard
In The News

When Scot Ross heard about more than a dozen billboards going up in largely minority neighborhoods around Cleveland, Ohio, bearing ominous images of the legal penalties for voter fraud, the story had a familiar ring.

In The News

Scot Ross of "One Wisconsin Now" joins Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests to dig into the details on the Bradley Foundation, what is called the "big granddaddy of political money that no one knows about."

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An unprecedented cross-country cash grab, driven by donations from wealthy, right-wing ideologues and special interests, turbocharged with a campaign finance loophole allowed Gov. Scott Walker to raise donations in unlimited amounts to fund expenses related to “recall defense.”

One Wisconsin Institute

There is a long-held belief among many conservatives that public schools are simply not an appropriate role of government and should be privatized through the use of vouchers. One of the staunchest supporters of this extreme view is Gov. Scott Walker.

One Wisconsin Institute
In The News

One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross joins Ed Schultz to discuss the 2012 recall effort against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

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With the mantra “we're broke,” Gov. Scott Walker proposed slashing funding to services and public goods of the middle class – all the while cutting taxes by $200 million for the wealthy and corporations. The reality is that there is no fiscal emergency and we're not broke.

One Wisconsin Institute
In The News

Scot Ross talked about the ongoing legislative battle between the governor of Wisconsin and state Democrats on the budget, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

In The News

Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, joined Ed Schultz to talk about the dramatic growth in the number of people opposing Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union bill.

  • Scott Walker Slammed for Tweet Mocking AOC’s Expensive Haircut When He Spent Thousands on Flights

    One Wisconsin Now, a left-leaning non-profit in the state, conducted the investigation into state records that found this information.

    Newsweek, 10/13/2019
  • Records: Evers Using State Planes Less Than Walker

    During the 2018 campaign, opponents focused on Walker’s plane use, including the number of flights that were 50 miles or less.

    WisPolitics, 08/13/2019
  • Three Year Anniversary of Victory for Voter Rights in Wisconsin

    In the three years since Judge Peterson’s ruling, Wisconsin voters have shown that they will vote when given the opportunity to vote.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 07/29/2019
  • Ex-Gov. Scott Walker Secures Enough Fellow Travelers to Launch Hawaiian Cruise This Winter

    Scott Walker couldn't get enough people to pay to cruise Alaska with him when he actually had power and influence.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 06/12/2019
  • Trump Circus Comes to Town

    Politicians like Scott Walker, desperately seeking a ride to relevance in the Donald Trump clown car, are complicit in failure.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/26/2019
  • Scott Walker Posts Picture of Himself in Jeans ‘In Support of Sexual Assault Victims, I’m Wearing Jeans on #DenimDay’

    Overall, [Scott] Walker’s record on policies impacting women is abysmal at best.

    Second Nexus, 04/24/2019
  • Scott Walker Wore Jeans for Sexual Assault Awareness, and Twitter Is Reminding Him of His Misogynist Past

    One Wisconsin Now, a progressive non-profit advocacy group, called him “one of, if not the, worst politician in America for women.”

    Daily Dot, 04/24/2019
  • April 2 Is Pay Equity Day in Wisconsin

    Marking the day women would, on average, have to work until to equal the wage earned by a man in calendar year 2018.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/02/2019
  • Scott Walker Hired to Do What He Does Best, Rig Voting Rules to Get Unfair Partisan Advantage

    A right-wing group formed to help Republicans rig districts for an unfair electoral advantage announced it has retained Scott Walker.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 03/21/2019
  • Republicans, Touting Conservative Study, Warn Against Medicaid Expansion

    Liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now revealed Williams offered to advise former Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential campaign.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/20/2019
  • Walker and the Russian Connection

    “The timing of this quarter-million dollar contribution sure looks like Scott Walker’s non-meeting meant something to somebody.”

    Urban Milwaukee, 02/13/2019
  • Walker to Charge at Least $15,000 on Speaking Circuit

    Liberal grop One Wisconsin Now tweeted that Walker should speak on “How I Crashed and Burned a Presidential Campaign in 71 Days.”

    Associated Press, 02/07/2019
  • Walker Foxconn Legacy in Shambles, Gov. Evers to Clean Up Another Mess.

    Robin Vos and legislative Republicans grabbed control of the agency in charge of the Foxconn deal and slashed accountability.

    DemoCurmudgeon, 01/31/2019
  • Scott Walker Refusing to Ride Quietly Into the Sunset

    He is clearly happy those laws will be challenged by the likes of the ACLU, One Wisconsin Institute and other respected groups that have announced such plans.

    People's World, 01/07/2019
  • Republicans, Democrats Speak to Walker’s Legacy

    “When you’re talking about legacy, we remember elected officials who showed inspired leadership bringing people together in times of crisis and we remember the crooks.”

    Associated Press, 01/06/2019
  • Devil’s Advocates Radio: December 14, 2018

    Will there be a lawsuit? Yeah, probably. Scott Walker signed the three #LameDuckCoup bills into law today and Scot Ross may sue as part of One Wisconsin Now.

    WRRD-AM, 12/14/2018
  • Scott Walker’s Legacy: Giving Taxpayer Funds to Corporations and Destroying Democracy

    Scott Walker’s going to have to tell the people of Wisconsin how restricting their right to vote is creating more transparency.

    the Progressive, 12/14/2018
  • UNSPUN: December 12, 2018

    Tensions are running high in state politics as Governor Scott Walker considers a package of bills passed in a special legislative session.

    WMTV-TV, 12/12/2018
  • Race Was Not the Primary Reason for Walker’s Defeat

    Republican incumbent Gov. Scott Walker, with his long list of offenses against minorities compiled by One Wisconsin Now, lost his bid to governorship.

    Badger Herald, 11/27/2018
  • GOP Blames Voters Voting for Electoral Defeats, Proposes Plan to Limit Participation in 2020 State High Court Race

    Republicans appear to have settled on an explanation for why they lost every statewide race on the ballot in the November 6 elections: Too many voters voted.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/16/2018
  • Scott Walker, Lawmakers Consider Helping Conservative Justice Before Tony Evers Becomes Governor

    Analiese Eicher noted Republicans fought plans to hold special elections this year and complained about the cost of past recall elections.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/15/2018
  • Wisconsin Nice Beats the Politics of Hate and the Scott Walker Money Machine

    The advocacy group One Wisconsin Now highlighted Walker's extensive use of airplanes to travel to events all over the state costing taxpayers $818,000.

    Center for Media and Democracy, 11/07/2018
  • One Wisconsin Now Congratulates Gov-Elect Tony Evers and Lt. Gov.-Elect Mandela Barnes

    Scott Walker will say and do anything to try and win an election, but the voters have spoken and Scott Walker must accept the will of the people.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/07/2018
  • Absolute Fraud’: After Billions in Taxpayer Subsidies Championed by Trump, Ryan, and Walker, Foxconn to Import Chinese Workers for Wisconsin Jobs

    As we predicted, @ScottWalker’s $4.5 billion taxpayer-funded election Hail Mary was more like punting to a foreign billionaire on second down.

    Common Dreams, 11/06/2018
  • Mamma Mia! Those Are Some Big Contributions

    In September 2018 Scott Walker charged Wisconsin taxpayers over $6,500 to fly from Madison to Milwaukee to Omaha, Nebraska and back to Madison.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/05/2018
  • Scott Walker Breaks the Law, Again, Campaigning While Flying on Taxpayer Dime

    New flight records released late Friday by Scott Walker to One Wisconsin Now reveal Walker again broke the law with his use of the state airplane.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/02/2018
  • Four Pedophile Ex-priests Had Their Professional Licenses Granted Under Gov. Scott Walker’s Administration

    Scott Walker was responsible for pedophiles getting licenses for the last eight years, and Scott Walker had to hope no one found out before the election.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/02/2018
  • Scott Walker Gave Pedophile Ex-Priests Professional Licenses

    A report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reveals Scott Walker’s administration approved professional licenses to pedophile priests for the last eight years.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/02/2018
  • Report Finds Scott Walker Tops Nation in Out-of-State Fundraising for Gubernatorial Candidates

    A report found Scott Walker’s haul of $11.5 million from donors not living in Wisconsin through early October led the nation for out-of-state contributions.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/30/2018
  • Eric Trump Can Expect Smooth Landing in Wisconsin Rapids

    Eric Trump will be flying in to Wisconsin today as Republicans experience electoral turbulence across the country and here in state.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/30/2018
  • Scott Walker Says He Respects Others, Regardless of Their Beliefs* in Television Ad

    *Unless You’re a Woman, Person of Color, Migrant Family, Student or Sex Assault Survivor

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/29/2018
  • Will Brad Schimel Dress Up Like Scott Walker for Halloween?

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross suggested Attorney General Brad Schimel could dress up as Scott Walker for Halloween.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/26/2018