DAILY WISCONSIN

Gov. Walker

Money Down the Drain

Worse are today’s reports Walker even screwed up his spend-thrift, tax payer-financed trips down the rabbit hole.

Notes top news pieces today on Walker:

  • How Scott Walker spent $90,000 a day to lose an election (Johnson,Washington Post)
  • Fiscal Conservative Scott Walker Spent Like a Drunken Sailor, Put Kids on Payroll
  • Reckless spending on exorbitant salaries killed the Walker campaign (Catanese, U.S. News and World Report)
  • Scott Walker faces tough task in repaying presidential campaign debts (Stein, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Via Scott Walker’s Pres Campaign Was a Fraud, and It Blew Up @ MAL Contends…

Broke, Busted

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By the time Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin departed the presidential race, his campaign was $161,000 in debt, having raised $7.3 million and spent $6.3 million, campaign finance filings released Thursday show.

There was nearly $1 million left in cash on hand, which could be earmarked for settling some outstanding receipts that haven’t been filed yet.

One of Mr. Walker’s selling points was that he would be an effective steward of the country’s finances. But his campaign filings reveal a bloated payroll and high salaries, with Mr. Walker’s campaign manager, Rick Wiley, on course to make $200,000 for the year.

There were travel bills and hotel rentals. But there was little in the way of investment in tangible infrastructure in the early voting states.

Via Scott Walker Dropped Out With Campaign Owing $161,000 @ New York Times.

Livin’ Large

Ah yes, the old Friday afternoon news dump, as Gov Walker tries to make people forget about the arrogance and waste that was a big part of his joke of a presidential run:

A pair of international trade missions headed by Gov. Scott Walker this year cost taxpayers nearly $150,000, and Walker’s political groups are reimbursing the state $125,000 for separate costs for his security team’s travel while he pursued the presidency.

Via UPDATED Friday news dump- the expense of Walker’s vanity @ Jake’s Economic TA Funhouse.

They’ll Make it Good Legal

The far-right Wisconsin Supreme Court already handed Governor Scott Walker a “get out of jail free card” when it called a halt to the John Doe criminal probe into campaign finance violations by Walker and his team of advisors during the 2011-2012 recall elections.

Now, the Wisconsin legislature is going the extra mile with three separate bills to retroactively decriminalize the behavior at the heart of the investigation and to defang the nonpartisan elections agency that aided it….

Via WI GOP Begins Retroactive Decriminalization of Scott Walker Fundraising @ PR Watch.

Not So Public, After All

“Just to record what goes into ferreting out details on ‘public’ events with Governor Walker:
I called the number of the event site to get details around 9AM.
Got no answer.Alright. No biggie. A person can call the governor’s office to inquire about what time Scott Walker will appear in public.
Worker Answering Phone in Walker’s Office: “I’m sorry ma’am I do not have access to his calendar”
Me: [pause] You don’t have access to his calendar?(in incredulous voice)
Worker: Hold on…[long pause] Worker: No. I am sorry. I do not have access to the time for that event.
He told me I could call my local news media to get the time.”

Via Scott Walker plans a not so “unintimidated” public appearance in Beaver Dam today @ blue cheddar.

‘We had a revenue problem.’