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Cross-posted from The Prairie Badger

Yes, you’re reading that headline correctly…Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently amended his campaign finance report for the first half of 2013 to reduce the amount of money that six male Walker donors contributed to Walker’s campaign and list the difference between the original and the reduced donations as donations from the wives of the Walker donors:

Donald Kress, Green Bay, had contributed $11,000 to three candidates, including $5,000 to Walker. The governor’s latest report slashes Kress’s contribution in half and assigns the $2,500 difference as a new contribution from Kress’s wife, Carol.

Eugene Mallinger, Brookfield, had contributed $12,000 to two candidates, including $10,000 to the governor. Walker’s latest report cuts Mallinger’s contribution in half and assigns the $5,000 difference as a new contribution from Mallinger’s wife, Rebecca.

Albert Nicholas, Chenequa, had contributed $11,000 to two candidates, including $10,000 to Walker. The governor’s latest report reduces Nicholas’s contribution to $9,000 and assigns the $1,000 difference as a new contribution from Nicholas’s wife, Nancy.

Richard Pfister, Hayward, had contributed $10,100 to two candidates, including $10,000 to the governor. Walker’s latest report reduces Pfister’s contribution to $9,900 and assigns the $100 difference as a new contribution from Pfister’s wife, Terry.

Paul Schierl, Green Bay, had contributed $11,500 to six candidates, including $5,000 to Walker. The governor’s latest report reduces Schierl’s contribution to $3,500 and assigns the $1,500 difference as a new contribution from Schierl’s wife, Carol.

Richard Uihlein, Lake Forest, Illinois, had contributed $10,500 to two candidates, including $10,000 to the governor. Walker’s latest report slashes Uihlein’s contribution in half and assigns the $5,000 difference as a new contribution from Uihlein’s wife, Elizabeth.

This is an attempt to cover up the fact that six of Scott Walker's campaign donors exceeded the $10,000 annual limit on donations to state and local candidates in Wisconsin in the first half of 2013. The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB), which is responsible for enforcing the state elections, ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance laws in Wisconsin, will investigate 14 campaign donors for exceeding the $10,000 annual contribution limit early next year.

Maybe this is what Reince Priebus meant when he talked about “rebranding” the far-right GOP…

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  It's not a "sex change" analogy, but (4+ / 0-)

    hiding donations behind spouses of the donors, themselves.

    Might want to consider "changing" your analogy, because it strikes me as offensive.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 10:36:08 AM PST

  •  Maybe "... undergo some fancy altering" (3+ / 0-)

    would be a more appropriate title?  I appreciate the diary, but can see this headline needlessly offending some people.  Thanks for any consideration.

    Living the austerity dream.

    by jwinIL14 on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 10:40:07 AM PST

  •  I just wrote a rant in another diary on (5+ / 0-)

    Scott Walker. In essence it said that it does not matter what he does. Too many of the people of Wisconsin and the media love him. Nothing can harm him. Nothing has and nothing will.

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 11:05:12 AM PST

    •  Yet. Nothing Has Harmed Him Yet (4+ / 0-)
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      rubyr, myboo, Creosote, WisVoter

      Snotty will receive his comeuppance, in a fancy package with a pretty big blue bow, a gift from Karma.

      You know Karma, she has no concept of time, but when she does deliver gifts...

      Walker's on her short list now.

      •  I so hope you are right, but I have begun to (2+ / 0-)
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        myboo, Empower Ink

        despair of any of these horrific people getting their due. It's like they are all under the magic fairy cape of protection and people can't see them for what they are, or, if they do, they don't mind or they like it.

        BTW...your comment is pure poetry.  

        "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

        by rubyr on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 02:27:00 PM PST

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  •  It is technically accurate, but insensitive. (5+ / 0-)

    A new crop of donors appear just in time to save the WIGOP, and Scott Walker on campaign contributions. Funny that these new donors are the wives of the old donors and even more curious is that the amounts given didn't change.
    Another side effect of John Doe II? Enquireing minds want to know...

    Give blood. Play hockey.

    by flycaster on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 11:06:27 AM PST

  •   this is yet another piece that deserves (2+ / 0-)
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    bearsguy, wader

    to be investigated. i hope burkes bests him so we can go after walker hard for  violations of state law. the guy deserves to be in prison.

    •  Well (0+ / 0-)

      Maybe this is being investigated?? The exact scope of the J. Doe2 is unclear to me. I just know that it involves 5 counties, What exactly, Not sure. As for violations of State Law's and others I am aware that 3 of OUR Senators did call for an Investigation of what has taken place at the WEDC. I was disappointed when Mary B. was on the TRMS and had the "mic" and the chance to rail on Walker about the Many issue's and Scandalous activities that have taken place. The United Sportsman Grant issue, WEDC, She could have had a field day with those issue's alone. OR maybe because of the JD#2 that is why some of the Silence?? We shall see.  

      •   tat might be the reason, but i think mary was (2+ / 0-)
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        simply trying to establish  herself as a candidate. to get her side in rather than just bashing walker.  Anti-Walker will only get you so far, we need to give folks a reason to vote FOR Mary.

        •  Yes, (0+ / 0-)

          I do agree, WE have to give People a sound reason to Vote for Mary or any other possible Candidate. But, As for her resume and experience as to the WEDC, She can explain why it was a failure, Why it took Legislation to possibly have some sort of regulation or oversight. And to hear her say what She would have done differently with that issue. Where's the $$? Did the JOB'S skyrocket with it being formed? They don't even know how many it created. I think she could do it in a very simple manner for people to understand without coming off as just bashing Walker, but what would separate her from Walker. The Grant issue, I wonder if all of the Legitimate Outdoor Org's within Our State, Will be putting out their Sportsman for walker Sign's? If I was Her, I would reach out to them on that issue.

  •  indeed same here. i would be proposing (1+ / 0-)
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    things like reviving the CCC to put thousands of folks to work in the forests and state parks. i'd restore collecting bargaining, since ACT 10 is unconstitutional. the difference between the bill that oked CB and Act 10 was the CB was an amendment to the state constitution which requires 2 consecutive votes in both houses over 2 years then passage by the public to repeal. act 10, if walker had gone that route, would be up to the voters now, and if you think folks want ALL collective bargaining rights taken away for EVERYONE, well they dont. it would go down in flames. which is why he stopped just short of eliminating it for everyone and exempted a few people, and rammed it through. but of course you real;ly cant do that under equal protection. act 10 will be struck down under constitutional grounds at some point.

    •  Good conversation Morrell (0+ / 0-)

      I'm down here in Ryans Dist. Help!! Let's keep on with the fight, Inform as many as possible, 'cause OUR Media wont!!

      •  Amen bearsguy. our media are basically (1+ / 0-)
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        lapdogs. if we had a media worth a darn walker wouldnt have been elected and Zerban would have beaten Ryan in 2012.instead the major media in this state carry walker and ryans water, and frame those trying to protect thier hard-won rights as agitators. it will take a klong time to get back to being Wisconsin nice, where elections are clean an and parties can disagree on stuff but not hate the other sides guts. what i hate most about walker is that hes torn the state into two camps, with him or against him, no middle ground. i',m fervently against him as you might imagine.

        •  This NUT Walker (1+ / 0-)
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          is what actually got me involved in Political Issue's. I belong to a Union, but not in WI, I do live here though. But 3 of my Friends and now many more have been demonized for no reason. So I went to Madison with them and with Many others to show my support. Your very correct about the for, against, and NO middle ground, I hate to say this, But as you are well aware, Family gatherings have turned sour ever since this jackass was elected. That stinks, Sad but very true. So that makes 2 of us that are totally against him!!!

          •  the thing that grinds my gears is his lack (1+ / 0-)
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            bearsguy

            of education. he did not finish college, and while lack of education hasnt hurt politicians in the past, i view it as a big negative. our leaders should be at least as smart as i am. the truth is, and not to tout my own horn, but most are not. i would wager that most of the kossacks from Wisconsin here loathe walker, but Giles Goat  Boy  Puddytat  Ericwis and others have done yeoman and yeowomans work exposing all the shenanigans under him. hopefully come november 2014 w can start saying Ex-governor Walker.

            •  A Buddy of Mine (1+ / 0-)
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              attended Marquette the same time as Walker, And he is highly offended by the fact of Walker being booted. What a disgrace to the School. Maybe in part that is why He dislikes Teachers so much?? I read Puddy's series not to long ago, Great stuff!! Cant wait for any follow up. My one beef, Why doesn't Big ED or TRMS show cover more of these Fiasco's? Don't get it. But I am thankful for those Kossack's mentioned, And some of the Blog's in WI, If it wasn't for them I wouldn't know half of what He has done, Thus I couldn't inform and pass the word.  Great Job!! Hey, Nothing wrong with tooting your own Horn, Don't we all at one time or another?  

              •  We dont know why he was booted, but if i had to (1+ / 0-)
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                guess, it was likely due to his dirty tricks during the student election that resulted in the student body newspaper withdrawing their endorsement of him and ripping him a new one. he lost that election big time. whatever the faults of the teachers unions are- and i'm sure folks can find a thing or two they dont like- if you denigrate teaching as a profession, who exactly is going to teach today's students? they cant teach themselves after all. now my only union experience was with the union at the old Simplicity manufacturing at Port Washington, and that was just a summer job. but it opened me to the fact that you are likely to get a better deal at the table when you bargain as a whole, rather than one on one. act 10 basically eliminates any reason for having a union, as you cant negotiate vacation  or overtime, or wage raises above 1%. that law needs to nbe scrapped, and the wages need to be paid back to the teachers and workers who lost money.

  •  Unfortunately, this has been ruled ok in the past (1+ / 0-)
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    The claim is that marital property laws permit the donations to be shared. This would seem to conflict with individual campaign contibution limits, but the precedent has been set.

    Odds are ZERO that the wives of these donors were asked or informed of their magic campaign contributions.

    This isn't what happened when this guy, William E Gardner, got caught reimbursing his employees who were ordered to make campaign donations to candidates. If he only ordered one person to do this and that person was his wife, then that would have been allowed if it were within the limits, it seems.

    This railroad owner and political hack had to sell off his railroad holdings because of his felony conviction. A Koch-owned business graciously stepped up to buy the railroad. Isn't that special...

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 04:47:42 PM PST

    •  How is this legal? (1+ / 0-)
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      Do these wives even work? Many GOP wives are after all trophy wives.."Stepford" in nature.  That couldn't happen here..legally. Tough week for GOP criminals just the same..With all of that evil and selfishness, some of it had to leak out and be caught..lol I love it!

      •  There's no law prohibiting this fraud (0+ / 0-)

        It's not that it's illegal, rather it's just that it's not illegal.

        That, and the general rule of thumb that the one with the most money wins most of the arguments.

        After all, if you were caught bribing a lawmaker, all you need to do is get the law changed in your favor by bribing a lawmaker.

        Yeah, it's sick. It's fraud, plain and simple.

        Karma will happen.

        "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

        by GrumpyOldGeek on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 11:46:02 PM PST

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  •  And....? (0+ / 0-)

    is this illegal? or much ado about nothing?

    "The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".

    by Superpole on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 04:50:22 PM PST

  •  How is this legal? (0+ / 0-)

    Violating the law, isn't something he should be able to go back and change "to look legal"?? But who is shocked he did something so sleazy??

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