One bill will gut the state’s campaign finance laws and retroactively decriminalize the secretive campaign finance schemes that Walker engaged in during the recall elections, opening the doors to new levels of dark money in state elections.
Another bill will cripple the the state’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Board–considered a model for other states–and turn it into a toothless, partisan agency. The board of nonpartisan retired judges will be replaced with partisan appointees that are guaranteed to gridlock (like the ineffective Federal Elections Commission), and gives the legislature power to cut funding for an investigation that it doesn’t like.
A third bill will prohibit Wisconsin’s John Doe statute, which was used to investigate Walker and is similar to a grand jury yet in front of a judge, from being used to investigate political corruption.
Charles Koch misled CBS when he suggested that the Kochs’ political spending is publicly disclosed.
On October 11, the elder Koch brother gave a rare interview to CBS Sunday Morning. Reporter Anthony Mason asked, “Do you think it’s good for the political system that so much what’s called ‘dark money’ is flowing into the process now?”
Koch replied: “First of all, what I give isn’t ‘dark.’ What I give politically, that’s all reported. It’s either to PACs or to candidates. And what I give to my foundations is all public information.”
This is untrue, according to documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy last year.
In addition to the hundreds of millions flowing into politics by way of the Kochs’ network of foundations and funding vehicles like Freedom Partners, funds from the corporate treasury of Koch Industries–the second-largest privately held company in the world–flow into politics, and Charles’ brother David is known to have written millions of dollars in personal checks to political groups each year.
None of this spending is publicly disclosed….
“This week, a shadowy network of state-based, right-wing think tanks and advocacy groups will convene with Koch operatives and other big donors in Grand Rapids, Michigan to coordinate their 2016 agenda for all 50 states. The State Policy Network (SPN) is a network of state-branded groups, like the Civitas Institute in North Carolina and the…
“I point out, time and time again, so many of you here aren’t here because of any interests on behalf of your personal finances or your industries, you’re here because you love America,” Walker said, comparing frustrations of some Koch network donors to those he has heard from tea party supporters. “You care deeply about the future, you care about your children and your grandchildren, and I think David and Charles (Koch) have harnessed that frustration and said — instead of just being angry about it, let’s do something about it.”
In his remarks, made after Mr. Walker had addressed the group, Mr. Koch suggested that the political organizations they oversee — which include Americans for Prosperity, a grass-roots organization, and Freedom Partners, a donor trade group with an affiliated super PAC — would not intervene in the Republican primary process on behalf of a single…
“I think so, no question about it. You know, if enough Republicans have a thing to say, why, he’ll defeat her by a major margin,” he said, effusively praising Mr. Walker’s performance. “I thought he had a great message. Scott Walker is terrific and I really wish him all the best. He’s a tremendous candidate…
Via Scott Walker will speak to Koch brothers-backed group @ JS All Politics Blog.