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Pocket Change

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) survived his recall election last night, buoyed by millions in contributions from the country’s wealthiest Americans. As Mother Jones points out, Walker outraised his opponent Tom Barrett by a 7:1 margin, or $30.5 million to $4 million. Two-thirds of Walker’s money came from out-of-state.

Scott Walker Raises $13.1 Million

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) raised an eye-popping $13.1 million from January 18th through April 23rd for his recall election, with a donor list “that reads like a who's who of some of the richest people in America.”

The Nation--Curbing Big Money

Public Campaign President and CEO Nick Nyhart joined with David Donnelly, national campaigns director for Public Campaign Action Fund, in writing the following the piece that will appear in the April 25th edition of The Nation magazine. The full article is available on their website (if you're a subscriber), or you can read it below.


NOW HIRING: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Seeks Underqualified Person With No College Degree and a Rap Sheet For High Level Government Job

How does one land a good job in this tough economy? It's easy, as long as you're the son of a major campaign contributor. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reports that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has on staff a young man in his mid-twenties, Brian Deschane, who has virtually no management experience and no college degree. He must be a low level staffer who reponds to constituent mail or something, right? Nope.

Corporate-backed ad campaign begins in Wisconsin

Politico reports today that the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), backed by billionaire oil tycoons David and Charles Koch and the controversial U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is expanding its ad campaign "against Democratic state Sen. Jim Holperin and launching a media blitz against state Sen. Dave Hansen, a member of the Democratic leadership."

Gov. Walker's favor for real estate donors

Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-Wisc.) desire to defund and dismantle public employee unions may get all the press, but that part of his plan isn’t the only handout to his special interest donors.

The Capital Times reports this morning that a provision in Gov. Walker’s budget would “eliminate the farmland conversion fee and a farmland preservation program still in its infancy” and would “gut key components of the Working Lands Initiative.”

VIdeo: Wisconsin-DC Protest

On Wednesday, we helped organize a protest to welcome Wisconsin Republicans to their big money lobbyist fundraiser in Washington, D.C. Here's a short clip of how it all went down.

Early Coverage of Yesterday's Wisconsin GOP D.C. Corporate Lobbyist Fundraiser Protest

Yesterday's protest of the Wisconsin Republican corporate lobbyist money grab drew a huge crowd to downtown Washington, D.C. Public Campaign Action Fund, along with a number of other organizations in the area, organized the event that helped send a message that working familes, not corporate campaign cash, should come first.

Here's a round up of the early coverage of the protest:

After Taking Away Workers Rights, Wisconsin GOP Coming to Washington, D.C. for Corporate Lobbyist Payoff

Talking Points Memo has a story today on the corporate lobbyist fundraiser being held next week for the Wisconsin Republicans who just voted to strip state workers of their rights. The fundraiser is being hosted by The BGR Group, one of the largest corporate lobbyng firms in the country.

"Gov. Walker, I Have Another Billionaire Campaign Contributor on Line 1"

Public Campaign Action Fund's National Campaigns Director, David Donnelly, had a piece in Huffington Post yesterday asking the question: After talking shop with a man he thought to be billionaire Republican donor David Koch last week, who else would get through to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker?