Shocking news about Koch donations

Some truth that the liberals/unions/Democrats in Wisconsin may not like.  It seems the Koch brothers didn’t only donate to Scott Walker and other Republicans.  They also donated to Democrats!

Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee $4,000.00
Bernard Schaber, Penny                                  $500.00
Colon, Pedro                                                    $250.00
Decker, Russ                                                   $1,000.00
Doyle, Jim                                                        $1,000.00
Galloway, Pam                                                 $500.00
Lautenschlager, Peg                                        $2,500.00
Nelson, Tom                                                     $500.00
Soletski, Jim                                                     $500.00
State Senate Democratic Committee             $4,250.00
Steinbrink, John                                               $250.00
Sullivan, Jim                                                    $500.00
Kreuser, James                                               $500.00

Be sure to point this out when approached by a “Recall Walker” person about signing the recall petition.  Especially if they bring up the Koch brothers.

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$6 million spent

Shocking.

Big Labor has now sent more than six million dollars to finance recall efforts in Wisconsin according to a review of campaign finance reports conducted by the MacIver News Service. The figures only account for disbursements reported to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board; these organizations do not have to report expenditures made for efforts to communicate with their own membership.

The contributions can come in the form of monetary contributions like wire transfers and checks or in-kind contributions. Wisconsin statutes define “in-kind” contributions as a disbursement by a contributor to procure a thing of value or service for the benefit of a registrant who authorized the disbursement.

All told, Big Labor has spent more than $6,419,000 in the recall efforts this year, having delivered $2.2 million to the state since July 1.

The AFL-CIO sent $3,884,170 to the “We are Wisconsin” Super PAC in six monetary disbursements since May, the last one being for $778,431 on July 5.

As previously reported by MNS, The deceptively-named “We are Wisconsin” effort has a decidedly non-Wisconsin infrastructure, with well in excess of 90% of its funds and many of its key operatives coming from out of state.

AFSCME has set up a special account for the Wisconsin recalls and from that delivered $1,855,617 in monetary and in-kind contributions to “We are Wisconsin” in the last eight weeks. On July 7 alone, AFSCME sent an $800,000 monetary contribution to that Super PAC.

So much for the claim of grassroots by the liberals and Democrats.

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Abysmal Turnout

One word that won’t be used to describe the voter turnout Tuesday in Wisconsin is abysmal.  However that’s how the turnout this past weekend for elections in a town in Massachusetts this past weekend was described.

It’s a right that people all across the world have died fighting for.

But in Billerica, only 13 percent of approximately 24,660 registered voters exercised that right last Saturday.

“Abysmal” was the word Town Clerk Shirley Schult used yesterday to describe the voter turnout on town Election Day.

Schult said she spent part of Monday researching yearly voting records. According to town voting statistics dating to 1969, there has never been an election where less than 14 percent of registered voters exercised their right to hit the polls.

Until this past Saturday.

“You say to yourself after something like this, ‘What are we running this for?” Schult said.

While people throughout Wisconsin were well aware there was an election, that wasn’t the case in Billerica.

Volunteers working for the candidates told her that a lot of calls placed last week reminding people to vote were met with befuddlement.

“People were telling the volunteers that they had no idea there was an election going on,” Schult said.

Former state Rep. Bill Greene, a Billerica Democrat, said he can’t remember the last time so few voters showed up at the polls. He added that he “wished he had a solution” for the apathy.

“The biggest interaction people have is with their local government,” he said. “They all show up for the federal elections and the state elections but then they don’t show up for the town election. I just don’t know why.”

To be fair there wasn’t a polarizing race on the ballot in Billerica but the low turnout does raise concerns.  Concerns that likely would have been echoed in Wisconsin if it wasn’t for the State Supreme Court race.

Former Selectman Kathy Matos offered a few explanations for the low turnout and agreed with Greene’s view that local elections have the biggest direct impact on residents.

“But I think we’re seeing a disassociation with government on a local level,” she said. “People think nothing will change and that it doesn’t matter which way they vote.”

Matos added that another factor is the tough economy.

“Instead of people focusing on government, they’re working in 14 directions at once, thinking about their own mortgages and their own bills,” she said. “But there was a big element of apathy and that’s a shame.”

UMass-Lowell political science professor Frank Talty picked a stronger word than apathy when he heard about the turnout in Billerica.

“It’s not as much apathy as it is despair,” he said. “It means more and more people are deciding to disengage in what’s going on. It worries me a little bit to think that people are giving up.”

Talty added that one reason for low voter turnout is the amount of elections Americans experience each year.

“We do vote a lot but we vote so often and for so many offices that we don’t see it as significant in terms of participation,” he said. “In other countries you can go years without having a significant election.”

The high turnout in Wisconsin Tuesday shows that every office or issue on the ballot should be seen as significant.   Hopefully that’s a lesson people across the country can learn.

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Pat Evans announces run for Green Bay mayor

Not a surprise.

Brown County Supv. Pat Evans made his announcement Tuesday at Titletown Brewing Company. His slogan is “We are Green Bay.” Evans says the city needs to refocus on the basics.

“That means concentrate on services, concentrate on public safety, realize there’s more to Green Bay than the downtown as far as economic development goes,” said Evans.

From the campaign Facebook page (apparently no website yet).

Courage, Integrity, and Servant Leadership

Life-long Resident – Born, Educated, Live, Work, and Serve Green Bay

Common Sense – Raised by Parents with a Strong Faith, Devotion, and Work Ethic

Solid Education – Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business. Speak Spanish and Portuguese

Business Experience – Banking, Finance, International, Risk Management, and Strategic Planning

Government Experience – Chairman of B.C. Human Services and on Executive Committee Since 2002

No Foolish Spending – Like a $3 million Roller Coaster which has Now Resulted in a Reduction of Your Services

Innovative Thinking to Keep Your Taxes Down – Combine Services with the GB School District

Eight is Enough – Pat pledges to serve 2 terms as Mayor

It’s About YOU – Pat Understands He is Elected to Serve You, Not the Other Way Around

On the surface Pat makes a good case for being the next mayor of Green Bay.  It will be interesting to see what the specifics of his ideas look like.

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